Olympic-inspired events for 2012

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PLANS are underway to bring a major six-month programme of Olympics-inspired art, sport and cultural events to East Lindsey next year.

Crowds gathered at Horncastle College on Monday morning to hear East Lindsey District Council leader Nigel Howells talk about, what was being called at this stage, an “ambitious aspiration”.

Local people and groups are being encouraged to get involved in organising events and volunteering.

Mr Howells said the council wanted to use the platform created by the London Olympics 2012 to promote the area regionally, nationally and internationally.

He said: “Culture is not just for an small elite group in the community, it is for everybody.

“This is a unique opportunity to build an image of the district as a place for people who enjoy art, sport, cultural events.”

Street theatre, sport-themed aerial landscape art in the Wolds, large-scale outdoor spectaculars, intimate community performances and sport are some of the activities to be included from April until October 2012.

This project is an extension of the events programme ELDC has already established, such as the So Festival in Skegness which was this summer chosen to launch Games Time - a performance funded by the London Olympic Games Organising Committee.

Teams from across the county competed on giant board games, including a chess board.

Although no exact events and locations have been decided yet, Mr Howells said there would be events across the area, including in Horncastle, Louth and Skegness.

Once the project is officially launched early next year, there will be a chance for organisations to apply to get their own events accredited for free.

Anybody wishing to express an interest in volunteering can go online and visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/culturalforce for further information.