Olympic torch will fill Redbridge residents with inspir8tion
Now that the 2008 Beijing Olympics have kicked off, we’re a step
closer to the handover of the Olympic flame to London on Sunday 24 August, and
Redbridge will be welcoming it with open arms at Inspir8tion, a free carnival
Inspir8tion will be held at Redbridge Cycling Centre from 11am to 7pm, to
celebrate the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London marking the
beginning the London’s term as the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic
Games in 2012.
2002 World Champion track cyclist, Craig MacLean will be guest of honour.
Craig will join thousands of visitors at the event for an afternoon of music,
dance, performance, sport and wacky entertainment.
Come and enjoy an amazing day and witness some of the most outrageous and
fun acts on the planet.
The main attraction will be Air Carnival which will be led by teams of
masqueraders and cyclists from local schools and sports groups, dancers, youth
theatres and musicians.
The procession’s finale will take you on an unbelievable journey where you
will take in the sights of a giant fiery Phoenix bird and two enormous Kestrel
puppets. A firework display featuring a death-defying human Catherine Wheel will
bring the evening to a close.
Balloonatics is certainly no hot air act but promises to impress. This
balloon-art street act will decorate people with incredible hats, giant costumes
and hilarious balloon toys which will have people laughing themselves in circles
around the track. Shirt or squirt is an original pedalled-powered
environmentally friendly amusement where two riders compete in an endurance
cycle challenge to be the first to empty their pedal-powered tank. The winner
gets the glory and the loser gets squirted with water!
For those who can’t sit still for long, a puppetry walkabout will wow both
children and adults with magical performances and for those with a bit more get
up and go, why not let the Olympics inspire you and try sports taster sessions
in rowing, cycling and basketball or see how fit you are with our body MOTs.
In keeping with the Olympic sporting theme, Cyclemagic will provide an
element of surprise when they bring a roadshow with a difference.
Craig MacLean will be happy to chat to young athletes and Olympians of the
future about just what it takes to become a sporting hero and gold medallist and
will also be sharing his experiences.
Cllr Linda Huggett, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and the Olympics,
said: “To have a world champion cyclist in our presence is fantastic for the
borough and for its young athletes.
“We are pleased Craig MacLean can join us to mark the Olympic handover and we
hope many other people will come and enjoy the carnival atmosphere at
As part of Inspiration, Redbridge Museum will be holding a display about
cycling heritage in the borough and asking people to take part in the 'People's
This is a chance for you to record your thoughts and hopes about the London
2012 Olympics. For the first time in Olympic history, museums, libraries and
archives across the country will capture people’s experience of living in an
Olympic host nation. This will form a lasting record for future study.