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Sheringham celebrates Cultural Olympiad

PUBLISHED: 14:46 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 09:09 13 July 2010

Victoria Leggett

A Bollywood brass band, Tai Kwon Do and a former Olympian will join together in Sheringham to mark the start of the Cultural Olympiad on Sunday.

The national four-year celebration of arts and heritage tracks the build up to the 2012 Olympics and aims to show the games are not just about sport.

A Bollywood brass band, Tai Kwon Do and a former Olympian will join together in Sheringham to mark the start of the Cultural Olympiad on Sunday.

The national four-year celebration of arts and heritage tracks the build up to the 2012 Olympics and aims to show the games are not just about sport.

Sunday's free event, organised by North Norfolk District Council, takes place at Splash leisure and fitness centre, in Sheringham, and officially kicks off at 12pm with a performance from the Bollywood Brass Band - Britain's first Indian wedding band.

But anyone who cannot wait until lunchtime will be able to make an early start by joining in with free exercise and activity taster sessions, including body combat, yoga and indoor cycling, which begin at 9.30am and run throughout the day.

At 12.20pm district council chairman Sue Arnold will unveil a 25-metre Olympiad mural which has been created by local artist Mik Richards and pupils from Sheringham High School.

Following that, visitors will be able to enjoy Tai Kwon Do demonstrations, sample Thai cooking, and performances by hiphop act The Throwdown crew.

Paul Evans, former Olympic runner and athletics development officer for Active Norfolk, will also be there to celebrate the sporting side of the Olympiad alongside former national junior triathlon champion Abbie Thorington.

Visitors wanting to join in with any of the taster sessions are advised to come in suitable clothing and bring their trainers.


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