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Medway lights up

Date: 16/09/2008           Category: Leisure

Rochester Castle will be lighting up Medway next weekend (Saturday, September 27) – and you could be playing a starring role. On Saturday, 27 September Medway will be celebrating the official launch of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad with the first showing of a specially-commissioned film. The film, entitled Welcome To Medway, was shot throughout the summer and features thousands of residents of all ages, from individuals to club members to mass participation events such as Race For Life, the Dickens Festival, Mini Youth Games, Fuse Festival and the Medway Mile. Now the film will be given a giant open air screening when it is projected on to the side of the castle. Medway 2012 Manager Bob Dimond said: “We wanted to celebrate the start of the Cultural Olympiad by inviting all Medway residents to come to Rochester Castle Gardens to see the film, which vividly captures the enthusiasm of the community for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the warm welcome we can offer visitors to Medway. “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the filming and I hope you enjoy the end result. Soon you will be famous around the world!” The film has been produced by Rochester film -maker Gary Weston and will be used to promote Medway nationally and internationally as both a first-class tourist destination and a sporting centre of excellence. Those featured in the film include: Danecourt Special School Medway Gurdwara Sabha Medway 50+ Club Sunlight Centre Tai Chi Club Capstone Country Park Rangers St Barts Medical Staff and Patients Black Eagles Acrobatic Group Medway Kabaddi Club The Gurkhas Sagarmatha Taekwondo Club Medway Touch Rugby Club University of Kent Race For Life Dickens Festival Mini Youth Games Fuse Festival Medway Mile Medway Sports Leaders Jumpers Rebound Centre Medway Badminton Association Howard Table Tennis Centre Holcombe Hockey Club Mayor of Medway Cllr David Carr Medway Council Leader Cllr Rodney Chambers The Rev Adrian Newman, Dean of Rochester Cathedral Professor Louis Passfield, University of Kent Paul Clark MP Artist Paula Groves Medway Elite Athletes Rachel Burford, Michael Baker, Sam Malkinson, James Myatt, Gary Smith, Chelsea Fowler, Sara Parfett and Jordan Dennis Medway International Sporting Ambassadors Steve Backley and Danny Crates The evening starts at 7pm with music from Hold Tight. The film will be shown at 8pm and will be followed by a fireworks display. The event is free.