Strike gold with family fun events

Tickets for the Olympic Games, which kick-off later this month, have been like gold dust, particularly for the hugely anticipated opening ceremony.

But, thanks to the effort of a church in the Kirriemuir area, local people are being offered the chance to enjoy More Than Gold at a double header of free, family fun events.

It is hoped as many as a thousand people will be able to enjoy the spectacular opening ceremony event on one of the largest outdoor big screen TVs in Scotland, as well as a follow up family fun day at the end of the school holidays.

Strathmore Christian Fellowship is staging the More Than Gold events to coincide with the London 2012 Olympics, starting with the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 27 and followed up with the fun day on Saturday, August 11.

An undertaking of a huge scale by the church, it is hoped that people from across Angus will take the chance to come together for a unique opportunity to see the lavish opening ceremony and enjoy an evening packed full of fun, games and live music.

The More Than Gold 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony is planned as a family community event for Kirriemuir and the surrounding area to mark the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Taking place in Kirrie’s Martin Park, a packed evening’s entertainment kicks off at 6 pm, with the Angus Depute Provost welcoming the crowds and launching the event. Forfar Pipe Band will open the entertainment followed by the first of several live music slots from Sonnet 65 and We are the Support Act.

Meanwhile, in another area of the park, highlights from previous Olympic Games will be shown on the big screen TV.

The huge 120 square feet high resolution TV is one of the largest, if not the biggest outdoor screens to be showing the opening ceremony in Scotland and is sure to be a huge draw to the event in itself.

But in addition, there will be a whole host of other events and entertainments taking place right through the evening until its’ culmination at 11.30 pm, after the spectacular opening ceremony firework display is screened.

Sports activities for all school aged children have been organised by Angus Active Schools’ coordinator Gavin Forrester, staff from The Factory Skatepark in Dundee will be on hand at the park’s skatepark to provide demonstrations, tips and help and, thanks to DD8 Music in Kirriemuir, more live music.

Free refreshments are also being laid on, with a burger, soft drink and packet of crisps (as long as stocks last) for everyone who comes along to the event.

“These really promise to be fantastic community events,” a spokesperson for Strathmore Christian Fellowship explained.

“The opening ceremony will be something to see and the big screen is, we believe, the biggest screen in Scotland, certainly outside of Glasgow, to be showing it live.

“We are looking at just bringing everyone in the area together for what is a huge occasion. It is all free, so we are hoping that hundreds of people will join us. We are looking to cater for as many as a thousand people at these events, so it is on a huge scale.

“We have had tremendous local support, from the bands that are playing, those that are providing the demonstrations and entertainment, the bands that re performing. We even have one of the Olympic torches that took part in the Olympic relay.

“We are hoping to create a real family, fun, community atmosphere. It is an outdoor event, so obviously we are hoping the weather will be kind to us, but we see this as having a similar atmosphere to Glamis Proms, with families and friends sitting together with their picnic rugs and enjoying the event. We hope there will be a fantastic atmosphere.”

The family fun day on the last weekend of the school holidays is planned at sending children back to school happy and help their parents plan for something entertaining – and free!

Running from 10 am until 4.30 pm at Webster’s High School in Prosen Road in Kirriemuir, a fantastic programme of events has been put together.

One of the undoubted highlights will be freestyle football professional Al Johnson, who will be giving demonstrations of ball control and trick shots throughout the day as well as master classes.

There will be a climbing wall for budding mountaineers to try their hand and the Factory Skatepark in Dundee will again visit, bringing their mobile skatepark and providing demonstrations. In addition, there will be attractions such as a bouncy castle, pole jousting, bungee run, bucking bronco, a water slide, big boxing and sumo suits, face painting, balloon modelling, zumba demonstrations and lots more, all of which are free.

Financial support for this mammoth undertaking by Strathmore Christian Fellowship, an independent church group that meet every Sunday morning in Kirriemuir’s Northmuir Hall, has come in part from Angus Council’s community grant scheme, with the church investing heavily itself to make as attractive a programme as possible for what promises to be a real community spirited event.