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Fireworks light up Olympic celebration

Date: 30/09/2008           Category: Events

Medway kicked off the Cultural Olympiad in style with a fireworks fiesta and film screening on the walls of Rochester Castle. A crowd of almost a thousand people gathered for the unveiling of the specially-commissioned Welcome to Medway film. They were also treated to live music, martial arts demonstrations and a public art workshop before the big fireworks finale at 20:12. The event on Saturday, 27 September was one of more than 600 activities that took place across the country as part of the Open Up, Light Up Cultural Olympiad launch weekend. The film, which was projected 40ft on to the side of the iconic landmark, was shot throughout the summer and includes footage of individuals, club members and mass participation events such as Race For Life, the Dickens Festival, Mini Youth Games, Fuse Festival and the Medway Mile. It 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. Medway 2012 deputy manager Helen Cockersole said: “This was a great way to kick-start the Cultural Olympiad in Medway and launch the film. “There was a fantastic atmosphere as everyone gathered to see themselves in the film and to join in with the celebrations.” 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 Entertainment on Saturday evening was provided by the Kyushin Ryu Ju Jitsu Association, the Sagarmatha Taekwondo Display Team and the soul-funk band Hold Tight. Local artists Wendy Daws and Paivi Seppala also ran fun drawing workshop in the Doodle Den, where visitors helped created a collaborative communal piece of artwork focusing on the theme of Welcome to Medway.