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Big success for London 2012 Open Weekend in the West Midlands

  • Date: 27 July 2011
  • Area: Midlands
Acrobats jumping in the air

No fit state at the open weekend. Credit: Louisa Griffiths

106,000 people attended the large number of events held across the region, marking one year to go until the start of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

60 events took place around the West Midlands from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July. Highlights included Jamaica Live! in central Birmingham, a pop-up festival celebrating the Jamaican team's visit to the city in 2012; The Great Train Dance on the Severn Valley Railway and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Park, a free concert of orchestral music performed in Telford Town Park.

Paul Kaynes, Creative Programmer for the West Midlands, said: "The people of the West Midlands turned out in their droves for the London 2012 Open Weekend.  It shows that you can have your own experience of London 2012 on your own doorstep - not only through sport, but through arts and culture, and celebrations in your own community. It bodes well for 2012 when even more people will want to join in."

Open Weekend 2011 followed the success of the past three previous years, in which over 2.4 million people across the UK unleashed their creativity across a series of sporting, art and cultural activities in celebration of the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

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