Downham Market Town Council launched its Olympic celebrations on Saturday, 7th April, with the first of several events to help the community celebrate the Olympics.
This event was built around the Olympic celebration flag competition which was won by Lilly Skeels from Downham Preparatory School.
The flag was then created by the Textiles Department at Downham Market High School – those responsible for the excellent work was Textiles Teacher Cheryl Syrett, Alevel Students Emma Smith and Nikita Palmer.
Following an introduction by Mayor Val Starling at 1:30PM Lilly raised her flag to music played by two Downham Market High School students. The flag will fly over the town hall until the Paralympics is over in September when we hope that Downham and District Historic Society will store the flag.
“We didn t just want to raise the flag without trying to create some form of celebration so we put together this event where we enabled local groups to promote their activities and demonstrate to the town what they have to offer. It was great fun and feedback has been really good from those who attended and took part. Our thanks go to all involved who made the mornings event successful. Those involved include Downham Leisure Centre who ran competitions and gave advice on health and fitness. They also provided two Zumba demonstrations which everyone loved” Says Sports Co-Ordinator Frances Rayner.
It was a very cold morning but this didn’t put off Ryston Runners, Sports Active Solutions and Weightwatchers who brought along lots of information about what they have to offer.
Jazzercise and Disco Fit also provided lots of fun, which filled the market place with people getting active and also drew in the crowds to watch. Lilly Skeels & Nikita Palmer proudly standing infront of the finished flag Norfolks Olympic mascot Active Olly taking part in demonstrations throughout the morning.