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Flying the flag for Medway

Date: 14/08/2008           Category: Leisure

As the Beijing Games come to a close, Medway will join towns and cities across the country in celebrating the official handover on Sunday, 24 August. As Mayor of London Boris Johnson receives the Olympic flag from the Mayor of Beijing, communities across the UK will hold events as part of a national handover day party. Medway will join the celebrations by raising a special commemorative flag at Rochester Castle. The flag will start its journey at Thunderbolt Pier, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham at 2pm and be taken along the River Medway by two army boat crews from the Royal School of Military Engineering. They will land at the jetty near Rochester Castle at 2.10pm, then the flag will be paraded by Medway’s young elite athletes and the 1964 Olympic silver medalist for race walking, Paul Nihill MBE. The Mayor of Medway, Cllr David Carr, will also carry the flag before it is taken to the top of Rochester Castle and raised on the flagpole at 2.33pm. (14.33 marks 1433 days until the start of the 2012 Olympics). Visitors are welcome to watch the flag as it makes its way along the river, or take a picnic to Rochester Castle Gardens and enjoy a free performance by the North Kent Jazz Orchestra from about 1.30pm onwards. There’s also an opportunity to visit the Going for Gold exhibition at The Guildhall Museum in Rochester, which reflects on the rich history of sport in Medway and Kent, showcases local talent and looks forward to 2012, combining unique and quirky objects, film and video installations, and even an Olympic podium. The exhibition is free with last admissions at 4pm.