Olympic boost plan
PUBLISHED: 13:02 17 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 23 August 2010
A CAMPAIGN for the borough s businesses, residents and tourism to capitalise on the London 2012 games has been launched by the council. Gravesham Borough Council s has created Go Gravesham, a strategy which went in front of the cabinet on Monday, with i
A CAMPAIGN for the borough's businesses, residents and tourism to capitalise on the London 2012 games has been launched by the council.
Gravesham Borough Council's has created Go Gravesham, a strategy which went in front of the cabinet on Monday, with ideas on how best the borough can benefit when the Olympics come to London.
The campaign includes a range of plans, including hosting events for businesses to make the most out of the opportunities from the Games, an appearance by former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson giving a motivational talk celebrating Black History Month and a Festival of Light Celebration through the town centre to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic values of friendship and respect.
Council leader Mike Snelling said: "The Olympic Games in London is a once-in-a-lifetime event and Gravesham is determined not to let this golden opportunity to pass us by.
"High speed train links to Stratford from either Ebbsfleet or Gravesend will mean it will be quicker to get to the Games from here than from central London.
"Billions of people will see the Olympics on television across the world, together with the vast range of programmes centred on Britain's background. We must get our share of this invaluable publicity to promote the heritage of this riverside borough."
Events like the Big 7 Festival and the Big Day Out will have Olympic themes over the next three years and there's to be a "Gravesham Games" sports event for youngsters from next year as part of the Kent School Games scheme.
To find out more about what's happening visit www.gogravesham.co.uk.