Southrepps fair shows real Olympic spirit

It might feel a million miles from London's bustling streets, but Southrepps is bringing a slice of the capital to the north Norfolk countryside when it holds its bi-annual fair.

Saturday's event is taking on a sporting theme as it pays tribute to London 2012, and as part of the celebrations an epic endurance race has been arranged to give the day an authentic feel.

A group of athletes from the village will be taking part in a 136-mile relay race from London to Southrepps and will arrive in time for the lighting of village's own Olympic beacon.

John Bryant, fair organiser, said: 'This village of 750 people wants to say well done to the seven-and-a-half million people of London, and say you did a fantastic job in winning the right to host the games.'

The ode to the Olympics does not finish with the race, however, as an opening ceremony will also be held as part of the celebrations.


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Eighty residents carrying flags of the Olympic nations will march on to the field to welcome the relay runners and cyclists who will hand over their lighter so the beacon can be lit.

The fair is expected to attract hundreds of visitors from across the county and has received glowing praise from the head of the Olympics, Lord Coe, and London Mayor Boris Johnson who have written to organisers.

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The fair, which will also feature an auction and dog show, starts at 11am at the village hall in Chapel Street. Entry is free.

* Don't miss the latest edition of the EDP's Olympics supplement London Calling on August 30.

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