Cultural Olympiad launch supported by MP

September 29, 2008 12:06 PM

David Howarth joins the young dancers from Lionel Walden School, Doddington, Cambridgeshire County Council chairman, Tony Orgee (right) and Olympiad champion, Councillor Martin Curtis to celebrate the launch.

Cambridge MP David Howarth has celebrated the launch of the Cultural Olympiad which promises a four-year programme of activities across the county for all ages.

Mr Howarth joined participants and spectators at Cambridge's Shire Hall on Saturday to learn more about the Olympiad which is designed to mark the diverse cultures across the UK and the equally diverse links between the nation and the rest of the world.

It will run through to the end of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

Youngsters from Year 5 at the Lionel Walden School in Doddington also joined the celebration, performing Molly dances at Shire Hall and the city's Folk Museum.

The pupils have been taking part in the Cambridgeshire Roots multicultural dance and traditions project.

Mr Howarth said: "The young dancers were extremely talented and performed some intricate steps. They were very entertaining and should be congratulated.

"I was delighted to be invited to celebrate the launch of the Olympiad which is an excellent way of involving the whole county in the exciting build up to the Games and through the event itself.

"Cambridgeshire people come from a diverse range of cultures and have a wealth of talent and it is wonderful that we can celebrate together in this way."

Cultural Olympiad champion, Cambridgeshire County Councillor Martin Curtis said at the launch: "This weekend is the beginning of a four-year celebration of culture."

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