Street festival starts Olympic countdown

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IT MAY represent the medieval heart of Bury St Edmunds, but the Churchgate Area Association is looking forwards to the Olympics.

The association was among the first to get a Suffolk County Council grant to raise awareness of next year’s London games and will kick off the one year countdown with a street festival called Churchgate Showcase on July 23.

Organising committee chairman Marian Shaw said Bid4Bury was funding the closure of Hatter Street for the day and she promised: “There will be a street full of stalls, activities, music, colour and vibrancy.

“Our entertainment will have a definite cultural and sport overlay. We’re aiming at five hours of continuous activity and hope to make it as interactive as possible. For example, if we’re having a demonstration of zumba dancing we’ll try to pull people in to dance.”

As the Rwandan team will be using the town’s sports facilities, there will be a Rwandan theme to the event and their embassy has promised art and artefacts for display or sale. There will also be a Rwandan convention at The Apex that day so they are hoping some of the delegates will join in.

The Churchgate Area Association represents the central medieval grid of Bury between Abbeygate Street and Westgate Street and the event’s organising committee is made up of association members with business representatives from that area of the town.

The London Olympics starts on July 27, 2012.