Olympic celebrations a year before the event to be held in Rugby

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A SPECIAL event will take place in Rugby on Saturday to celebrate one year to go until the start of the Olympics.

The event is part of the London 2012 Open Weekend supported by BP – a series of sporting and cultural events taking place across the UK which will see hundreds of thousands of people participating in events to celebrate the ‘One year to Go’ to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In Rugby there will be a wide range of activities for all ages which will take place at the Art Gallery and Museum, Ken Marriott Leisure Centre and Rugby School. These are free of charge and include demonstrations by sports clubs such as synchronised swimming and gymnastics, ‘come-and-try’ activities such as athletics, indoor bowls, boccia and Tai Chi.

In the leisure centre there will be a mass Zumba class, and free swimming and arts activities. Cadbury’s Stars v Stripes will be on Whitehall Recreation ground while at the art gallery and museum you can hunt for a gold medal or make an Olympic clock.

Activities run from 10am – 3pm and a programme of events is available at www.rugby.gov.uk/2012Olympics and will be available on the day. There is no need to pre-register but trainers and sports clothing are essential for sports activities, and swimwear is required for pool-based activities.

Children will need to be accompanied and the minimum ages for taking part in an activity are on the programme.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said: “This is a unique opportunity to try out some new activities free of charge and it is sure to be a popular event.

“Never before have we been able to co-ordinate so many activities with the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, the art gallery and museum, the athletics and bowls clubs and Rugby School - I’m really pleased that these organisations have put so much effort into making the event happen and I’m convinced the hard work will pay off.”

Full listings of Open Weekend events across the country can be found at www.london2012.com/openweekend.