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Hethersett Olympic Committee Formed

The newly formed Hethersett Olympic Committee met for the first time at Park Farm Hotel on Tuesday March 9th and was chaired by parish councillor Shane Hull who has been at the forefront of the village's attempts to bring the Olympic Torch to the village.

Shane spoke passionately about how the idea of bringing the torch to the village had come about. "A few years ago I had the thought that maybe Hethersett could have the honour of having the Olympic torch carried through the village on its way to London. This would really put the village on the map locally, nationally and internationally," he said.

Shane lobbied politicians and other influential people and said he was very encouraged by the amount of support received. Local schools quickly became involved and put their weight behind the bid with a number of highly colourful posters which were displayed in Hethersett Library. A page has been set up on the social networking web site Facebook and subsequently on Twitter.

The actual route for the torch relay will be announced in September 2010.

Extended Schools co-ordinator Fiona Whiting spoke of the "fantastic work" undertaken by local school children and how they had really embraced the torch idea. It was agreed that a competition should be held in schools within the village to design a Hethersett Olympic Logo based around the Olympic torch.

The committee agreed to oversee three days of events from July 23rd to 25th to co-incide with an open Olympic weekend of events in London. It is also planned to hold events in 2011 and right up to the actual Olympics.

The final word went to Shane Hull: "We are trying to give a lasting legacy to the village. We are hoping to reach new audiences and offer local residents the chance to celebrate and also to inspire young people.

Numerous events for July 2010 were discussed including treasure hunts, barbecues and an Old Time Music Hall and these will be discussed at future meetings of the committee. Definite events decided on included the following.

Friday 23rd July Hethersett's Got Talent competition in the Village Hall
Various end of term Olympic themed activities in the schools.
Saturday 24th July Sports in the Park demonstrations and competitions to include football, cycle speedway, athletics etc
Run the square event around a square of the old village
Possible village barbecue
Sunday  25th July Churches Together Sunday Service in St Remigius
Ladies and Girls 5-a-side tournament on the Memorial Field.