Olympic Handover Celebrations To Be Held In Dover

Thursday, 3 July 2008
From fire-eaters, stilt-walkers and face-painters, to live music, street entertainers and a giant firework display, a street party for the whole family is being held on Dover seafront to celebrate the launch of the Olympic handover from Beijing to London on 24 August.

This massive free event kicks off at 12 noon and will include live music from local bands, a Punch and Judy show, street statues, craft stalls, refreshments, locally produced food, and a massive range of free activities and entertainment. The event leads up to a giant firework display from the Prince of Wales Pier at 9pm.

The special event for the local area is being organised by Dover District Council in close cooperation with Dover Town Council, to mark the official launch of the four year build up to the London Olympic Games in 2012. At 3.30pm the Chairman of Dover District Council, Cllr Bernard Butcher, the Town Mayor of Dover, Cllr Mrs Diane Smallwood and Dover and Deal MP Gwyn Prosser will raise the Olympics 2012 flag on the seafront to show local support for the games.

There will be a 'Street Athletics' event starting at 1pm, with a 60m dash along Waterloo Crescent, and the winners will be given the opportunity to go on to national finals in Manchester (for further information, see The celebrations also tie in with a special free swimming event all day at Dover Leisure Centre.

A spectacular event is also being planned to launch the Cultural Olympiad from 26-28 September. Details of this are to follow at a later date.

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