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Fireworks light the skies of Medway

Date: 23/09/2008           Category: Leisure

A fireworks fiesta will fill the skies of Medway on Saturday (September 27) to celebrate the official launch of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The fireworks display will form the finale of a free special event at Rochester Castle as part of the national Light Up celebrations. The fireworks will launch at 20:12, the culmination of an evening of entertainment which will include the first public showing of a specially-commissioned film featuring thousands of Medway residents. The film, entitled Welcome To Medway, was shot throughout the summer and includes footage of indivduals, club members and mass participation events such as Race For Life, the Dickens Festival, Mini Youth Games, Fuse Festival and the Medway Mile. The film will light up Rochester as it is projected 40ft on to the side of the castle. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “This exciting and innovative event will help everyone in Medway celebrate the start of the Cultural Olympiad. “The film vividly captures the enthusiasm of the community for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the warm welcome we can offer visitors to Medway.” The film has been produced by local 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 Council Leader, Rodney Chambers Rev Adrian Newman, Dean of Rochester Cathedral Professor Louis Passfield, University of Kent Paul Clark MP 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 free evening starts at 7pm and includes displays by Gurkhas taekwondo display team and the Kyushin Ryu jujitsu association, plus music from Hold Tight. The film will be shown at 8pm and will be followed by a fireworks display.