Battle lines drawn for Fakenham Shopkeepers’ Olympics

Two of the team captains for the Shopkeeper Olympics in Fakenham, Claire Brown (left) and Lisa Mallett, with the trophy. Picture: Matthew Usher. Two of the team captains for the Shopkeeper Olympics in Fakenham, Claire Brown (left) and Lisa Mallett, with the trophy. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
6:30 AM

Excitement is building towards Fakenham’s first ever Shopkeepers’ Olympics.

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Traders are set to compete against each other in a series of light-hearted challenges in Fakenham town centre next month.

These include street tug-of-war, the grand inflatable golf challenge, football skills, rugby skills, table tennis, gym triathlon and military circuits.

The town is being divided into four teams and team captains have been selected.

Lisa Mallett, owner of Sweets ‘n’ Things will captain Oak Street, Claire Brown, from Norwich & Peterborough Building Society will lead the Bridge Street team, Rebecca Codman, from Tudor Tea Rooms is hoping to inspire her Norwich Street team and Liam O’Sullivan, from Gallery Bistro, is due to skipper the Market Place team.

Fakenham town councillor and Active Fakenham coordinator Richard Crook, who is organising the event, said: “Some enthusiasm is building in the town and there is some healthy rivalry developing.

“I expect that to intensify in the coming weeks as the event gets closer and the traders to decorate their shops and businesses in the team colours, which should really brighten up the town and increase interest.”

The traders will be competing for the Brenda Coldrick Cup, named after former Fakenham mayor Brenda Coldrick, who died in March 2012, aged 73 following a cardiac arrest.

The Shopkeepers’ Olympics will be on April 19 and will run alongside the Fakenham Showcase day which will run from 10am until 1pm and will highlight many of the activities regularly available in the town.

There will be live music, games, zumba, boxercise, have-a-go sports challenges, stalls and more.

All activities will be free or offered at low cost.

Mr Crook said: “The whole day is about highlighting Fakenham both socially and economically and there is an underlying theme of health and wellbeing.

“I hope it will help to boost community spirit and show people who moan that there is nothing to do in Fakenham how that really is not the case.”

Mr Crook said he is looking for volunteers who are willing to help out on the day.

He can be contacted on 01328 855357, 07887 803091 or emailed at f-a-b@dircon.co.uk

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