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Thousands to turn out for Mansfield homecoming

Thousands of people are expected to attend Mansfield's homecoming event for local Olympic and Paralympic athletes on Tuesday 11 September.

Mansfield's Olympic double bronze medallist Rebecca Adlington, Team GB Olympic badminton player Chris Adcock, and Paralympic swimmers Charlotte Henshaw, Ollie Hynd and Sam Hynd will be at the event in Mansfield's Market Place from 6pm-7pm.

There will be face painting from 3pm, stilt walkers from 4pm in and around the Market Place and 2,000 flags will be given out.

Dance duo Twist and Pulse, who were the runners-up in 2010 Britain's Got Talent, will take to the stage from 6pm. Twist (Ashley Glazebrook) and Pulse (Glen Murphy) pioneered a new genre of dance called Streetomedy - a combination of streetdance and comedy.

Twist and Pulse are the only artists to have performed at all 66 Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebrations and also performed at the Basketball, Badminton and Volleyball at the Olympics.

People can post messages of congratulations on Mansfield District Council's Facebook page /mymansfielduk and Twitter account @MDC_News along with their name and where they live. A selection of the messages will be displayed on big screens in the Market Place during Tuesday's event.

Wheelchair users who want to attend are asked to contact Mansfield District Council to reserve a place on a raised viewing platform. Places must be booked in advance on 01623 463 376 and are available on a first come first served basis.

There will also be a Sports Village on Westgate from 4pm-5.30pm, where people who have been inspired by this summer's Games can find out more about local clubs and how to get involved. Some of the sports clubs attending include:

  • North Notts Hockey Club
  • Mansfield Maulers Wheelchair Basketball Club
  • Mansfield Giants Basketball Club
  • Mansfield Harriers and Athletics Club
  • Sherwood Swimming Club
  • Mansfield Swimming Club
  • Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club
  • Serco Leisure - for information about activities and membership at the District's five leisure centres.

To register your club for the Sports Village contact Martin Cook on 01623 463 026 or mcook@mansfield.gov.uk by 12noon on Thursday 6 September.

The Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: "We hope people from the District and surrounding areas will turn out in their thousands to show our pride and appreciation for our local Olympic and Paralympic athletes and the hard work and time they dedicate to their sport.

"The Sports Village provides the ideal opportunity for people who have been inspired by the Games to find out how they can get involved in a range of sports - maybe stars of the future will be discovered!"

Published 05 September 2012

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