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Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in Sleaford

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: June 20, 2012

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LOCAL children are making their final preparations for the celebrations in the town to mark the Olympic Torch's arrival in the District.

It's just over one week to go until the Olympic torch travels through North Kesteven on June 27 – exactly one month before the opening of the London 2012 Games, making this a particularly momentous day on the Torch's 70-day passage around the country.

At both Sleaford and Bracebridge Heath local celebrations are being co-ordinated by North Kesteven District Council and ArtsNK to ensure that everyone who wants to has chance to be a part of this historic event.

Pupils at Kesteven and Sleaford School had their moment to shine on BBC1's Look North, which followed the extensive behind-the-scenes work taking place to prepare for their float for the parade.

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ArtsNK's visual arts teams have been leading workshops to create large, processional sculptures for the parade.

Dance and drama will also be used to convey the sports and themes of the Olympiad as about 50 children from each of the eight participating schools swim, sail, row, cycle or beam-balance and ribbon-twirl by.

Headed up by the popular Brasshoppers and Band of RAF College Cranwell, the parade will include stiltwalkers, samba musicians and displays of BMX and skating skills as the procession moves from Boston Road through to Millfield Terrace.

Along the route, there will be street entertainers, the Sleaford Concert and Sleaford Training bands and the undoubted spectacle of the Torch convoy itself.

Throughout, the streets will be decorated with bunting and banners made through artsNK workshops and official London 2012 branding for a phenomenally festive flair lasting for more than an hour from about 4pm.

NKDC's councillor Susan Waring said: "The day the Olympic torch relay reaches North Kesteven is also the one-month mark to the opening of the Games proper.

"It is the moment that all eyes will be on the District as the countdown to the Games reaches a crucial point."

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