December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, February 22, 2013
It was a summer to be remembered as the nation got behind its Olympic and Paralympic heroes - and now people have the chance to relive all those memories as a week-long exhibition celebrates Norfolk’s contribution to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Norfolk: Our 2012 Story exhibition, which opens at the Forum in Norwich today, looks at how the county embraced the 2012 opportunity from the moment the flames were handed from Beijing to London.
Organised by Norfolk County Council, the exhibition showcases four years of Olympic and Paralympic-inspired projects that took place across the county, from schools’ own torch relays to breathtaking acrobatic performances, fun runs to celebrity visits.
It also celebrates Norfolk’s own games makers who gave up their time to help make the Games happen, the torchbearers who were given their moment to shine as part of the Olympic Torch relay and the county’s very own Olympic and Paralympic heroes.
The free exhibition, parts of which have toured the county’s libraries in recent weeks, will run until next Saturday, March 1.
Claire Gulliver, Norfolk County Council’s London 2012 officer, said: “A lot of people felt like when the Olympic torch came to Norfolk, that was when the Games had arrived but our programme had started just before the handover from Beijing to London.
“We had celebrations all around the county and projects and activities which involved people from all different sectors, including young people, those with low skills, businesses, it was really about bringing everybody together and getting everyone involved.
“And now, six months on, we want to show people that we are still working on the legacy and to reinvigorate and inspire people after last summer.”
Exhibits on display include games maker and torchbearer costumes, mascots, the Olympic torch. Also featured are special commemorative coins, artwork and objects created as a result of projects and a fibre glass statue of the Olympic mascot Wenlock.
One of the highlights of the exhibition will be the K4 canoe used by the gold medal-winning Australian team last summer.
The canoe, which is now in the possession of Norwich Canoe Club, will form the centrepiece to the show tomorrow only when members of the Norwich Canoe Club will be there, encouraging visitors to take part in a canoe challenge outside the Forum.
There is also a film of projects and highlights of events, including footage of the Tour of Britain, which will be shown in Fusion throughout the week.
Barry Stone, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for cultural services, said: “It’s so nostalgic looking at the pictures and remembering just how much Olympic and Paralympic-inspired activity has taken place across the county over recent years.
“We will never see it again and it’s nice to reflect what a success it was for the county and the people involved. It’s a brilliant exhibition and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to the Forum and enjoy a comprehensive recap of the work of the people who were inspired by last year’s Games.”
Don’t miss tomorrow’s paper to read more about people’s memories and experiences of the London 2012 Games.
For more photos, click on this story online at www.edp24.co.uk.