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Olympics spectacular comes to Chester racecourse

THOUSANDS of people are expected to descend on Chester racecourse for an awe-inspiring dance, light and sound show to welcome the Olympic torch to the city.

THOUSANDS of people are expected to descend on Chester racecourse for an awe-inspiring dance, light and sound show to welcome the Olympic torch to the city.

The Moment When... event will involve hundreds of professional and amateur dancers at a free evening performance on Tuesday, May 29.

Cheshire Dance and performance specialists Walk The Plank are behind the spectacular which will involve a range of specialist collaborators in dance, aerial work, music, light, costume, fire and pyrotechnics.

The event will welcome the Olympic torch to the stage during its 8,000-mile UK relay after it has been carried through Saltney.

It is expected to include a cast of up to 500 dancers from Cheshire schools and community groups and will be broadcast on television.

Similar events are due to take place at Orford Park in Warrington and Tatton Park in Knutsford.

Meanwhile, the organising committee of the Olympic Games is selecting local inspirational people to carry the torch.

Grandmother Margaret McKeegan, 77, from Chester, has already been chosen as The Chronicle representative to carry the Olympic Flame through the city.

Veteran fundraiser Margaret has sent more than 2,300 shoeboxes of goodies to soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Olympic Games take place between July 27 and August 12 followed by the Paralympic Games between August 29 and September 9.

There had been hopes Cheshire’s equestrian sector would benefit from an Olympic legacy but this has been dashed by news Chester Racecourse won’t be hosting the GB equestrian team as had been previously announced and the Kelsall Equestrian Centre, an approved pre-training camp, has had no interest from overseas teams.

In addition, the University of Chester, which had been approved as a pre-training camp for archery, basketball and fencing, has had no interest.

 

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