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23/04/12 - 50 expressions of interest were received from local schools, sport clubs and community groups to hold an activity or put on a display at the Festival of Sport and Culture on 24 June 2012.
The Festival of Sport and Culture will be held on Skipton High Street between 10am and 3pm, ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Torch travelling through Skipton. The event will showcase the sporting and cultural activities that take place throughout Craven.
The Festival programme will fill the full High Street area with sports and activities taking place on the tarmac, information and catering stalls on the sett stones and three stage areas. A main stage at the top of the High Street, a dance/ performance stage in the middle and then a Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre display and activity stage at the bottom near Caroline Square. These alone have 25 performances or activities taking place throughout the day. The Cave Rescue Organisation and Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association are also taking part with a range of activities and displays.
Paul Shevlin, Craven District Council's Chief Executive said "We have had a great range of activities come forward from rugby, netball and golf to windsurfing, orienteering and dancing. It will be a fantastic day with something for all ages, there are lots of opportunities to try different activities and watch performances from local clubs and schools. We're also delighted to be able to include Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association following the cancellation of Broughton Game Show. This is a unique and once in a lifetime event for all of Craven to come together and we are extremely pleased with the support this event has received from the Craven community and the voluntary sector. It's our Moment to Shine."
The Festival is making a link with the Grassington Festival with a joint commissioning of The Whale, a mobile theatre experience. A sporting and Olympic theme runs through many of the other Cultural performances including a "Shakespearian Workout". This links to the Craven Museum Shakespeare folio that's on display and will provide a fun activity for people to watch and take part in.
Mr Jack Pickup, Chairman of the Cave Rescue Organisation, based in Clapham, said "We are grateful for this opportunity offered by CDC, to be part of the Olympic celebrations and hope that the public will understand our loss of revenue following the appropriate cancellation of the Broughton Game Show this year. It is vital that we continue to raise funds for this completely voluntary service in any way we can and will appreciate any assistance by way of voluntary donations from the general public on the day."
Dave Parker, Chief Officer of Skipton Town Council, said "This is shaping up to be a really exciting event. We're all delighted with the number of groups wanting to be part of what we're sure will be a special and unique day in Skipton."
For details of the activities and performances taking place please visit Craven District Council's website www.cravendc.gov.uk.
Craven District Council
1 Belle Vue Square
Telephone: 01756 700 600
Fax: 01756 700 657