Broxbourne's ‘One Month and Counting' Event
|Published: 29th June 2012 08:09|
Broxbourne's ‘One Month and Counting' Event
Korda Marshall - performing at Broxbourne's 'One Month and Counting'
Crowds of residents attended the Broxbourne Borough Council ‘One Month and Counting' event in Waltham Cross on Saturday 23 June.
The festival of sport and culture celebrated Broxbourne as a host Borough for the London 2012 canoe slalom competition taking place at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. The event was organised by Broxbourne Borough Council in conjunction with Herts County Council and Inspirational Arts.
The day's festivities began at 10.30am with a parade along the High Street. The theme of the parade was white water and it featured large puppets with an aquatic theme that were carried along by representatives from local community partners. Music was courtesy of The Yiannis Polykandriotis Greek School of Music.
At 11am, the event's proceedings commenced with a performance from the Taiko drummers. All performances took place on a stage in front of the Eleanor Cross Memorial. The event was hosted by Steve Folland of Jack FM and Waltham Cross resident, Grace Wheeler, who is a young ambassador for Inspirational Arts.
There were performances from Hertfordshire bands ‘Stick Picks and a Microphone', ‘Yaz and the Peach Tree' and ‘Korda Marshall'. Local finalists from this year's 3Music youth music competition also performed.
Disability dance group ‘Act One Arts Base' performed a piece whilst ‘EMA Singers' performed a number of songs from across the globe. HAFLA, a quartet of young musicians performed music from Latin America. Keith Acheson performed acoustic versions of songs about the Eleanor Cross memorial and Waltham Cross market, and street dancer, Kelsey Miller, entertained the crowds.
In between performances, there were interviews with promising local athletes and presentations were made to the winners and runners up in Broxbourne Council's London 2012 art competition. The Mayor of Broxbourne, Cllr Eddy Rowland, presented 14 prizes to adults, primary schools and secondary schools. The prizes were donated by B3Living and Paradise Wildlife Park
Guest of honour was former Olympic silver medalist Mark Richardson who gave an interview.
The event finished with performances from the Hoddesdon-based Yiannis Polykandriotis Greek School of Music and the East Herts Concert Band.
Around the stage, local sports groups put on demonstrations and promoted opportunities for local people to participate in sport and physical activity. These included Herts Young Mariners Base, Broxbourne Rowing Club, King George Sailing Club and Broxbourne Tennis Club, who set up a mini-tennis court in the high street.
Community organisations, including Hertford Regional College, Broxbourne Ethnic Minority Association and Enjoy Hertfordshire also had stands and handed out promotional material.
Turnford-based swimmer, Nico Campbell, fastest in the country in his age group, told of swimming in the Olympic Pool whilst Grace Harvey from the Hoddesdon Swimming Club spoke of her aspirations to compete for Team GB in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Rebecca Barton-Hagger demonstrated karate and spoke of representing Great Britain at the World Championships in Serbia in October 2012. Catherine Robinson from the Herts Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt, spoke inspirationally of how kayaking improved her strength and fitness after being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and how she has progressed to competing in the Great Britain paracanoe squad. The final Hertfordshire athletes to be interviewed were brothers Daniel and Robert Poth who are both British Indoor skiing champions for their respective age groups.
Guest of honour, Mark Richardson, won Bronze at the 1992 Games in Barcelona and Silver at the 1996 Games in Atlanta in the 4x400m relay. He spoke of his experiences, his hopes for Team GB this summer and the qualities and determination needed to succeed in sport or any other discipline. Mark showed his silver medal and many people were photographed with it.
3Music is a yearly youth music competition for singers, dancers and songwriters from Broxbourne, East Herts, Stevenage and Welwyn-Hatfield.
The EMA Singers and HAFLA were formed as part of the Hertfordshire Five Gold Rings community music project, which has its gala concert performance at Broxbourne Civic Hall on Tuesday 3 July.
East Herts Concert Band - performing at Broxbourne's 'One Month and Counting'