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Maidenhead goes for live action during the Olympic Games

26th July 2012

Categories: News

Kidwells Park in Maidenhead will be centre of the action during the 2012 Games – showing all the Olympic highlights live!

The popular town centre park will be an official Community Live Site starting in time for the spectacular opening ceremony on Friday 27 July to the last curtain call on Sunday 12 August.

A specially installed big screen will show footage of the Games and there will also be a programme of sports and cultural activities led by the local community. It will run each day between 9am and 10.30pm.

Cllr Simon Dudley, the council’s lead member for the 2012 Games, said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to get together and enjoy the Games as a community.

“All the sporting highlights will be televised – so no need to miss a moment – and there will be activities and sports for people all ages to take part in. It’s a great way to make a Games a real celebration – bring a picnic, relax in one of the borough’s green flag parks and cheer on Team GB.”

The park programme will include funfair rides and have-a-go sessions from various local sports clubs. Full details are available on

Steph James, Maidenhead town manager, said: “We are very excited to have an official Community Live Site in Maidenhead. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather because we have a great programme lined up for all the family during the school holidays. We hope to see lots of residents here over the two weeks.”

The park is already getting festive in preparation for the live site with 15 official Olympic flagpoles. Olympics mascots – Wenlock and Mandeville – are making ‘guest appearances’ with one of the larger-than-live-size characters installed at the entrance to Kidwells Park to welcome people to the live site and the other on the High Street outside Wilkinsons.

The town centre is also getting in the Games mood with the 2012 bunting replacing the Diamond Jubilee display.

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