Celebrating Olympic year

OLYMPIC fever will once again come to town this weekend when Kirriemuir celebrates the closing of the 2012 Paralympics.

DD8 Music is delighted to announce their Bandstand Marathon event at Kirriemuir Camera Obscura in on Sunday, September 9, marking the end of the London 2012 Festival and an amazing summer of sport and culture on the final day of the Paralympic Games.

It will be a truly memorable day, showcasing the best local talent and an eclectic musical programme including bands, groups, choirs and individual musicians.

This free event will entertain audiences from 1 to 5pm, offering everyone a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the nationwide finale celebrations for London 2012.

The event line up will include Gleadhraich, DD8 Music Allstars, Ashley Christie, Neil Patterson and Gleadhraich.

The Kirriemuir extravaganza will be one of hundreds of outdoor concerts taking place simultaneously in bandstands and outdoor performance spaces across the UK, making up the nationwide Bandstand Marathon – the official closing event of the London 2012 Festival.

In addition to the live music there will be stalls and games from local community groups and charities, as well as arts and crafts from local makers, children’s games and a Peter Pan themed fancy dress competition.

Ruth Mackenzie, Director, London 2012 Festival, said; “The Bandstand Marathon is encouraging local music groups to showcase their talents and be part of the London 2012 Festival.

“I am proud that we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in creating a cultural legacy post-London 2012.”

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “The spectacular summer has shown off the strengths of our country in style and it hasn’t ended yet. It continues with the Bandstand Marathon and everyone should come out to enjoy the musical events at their local bandstand.

“2012 has been the year for all our communities to come together, from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Torch Relay and of course the Games themselves, reinforcing our shared identity and celebrating our great country.

Katharine Lane, Associate Director, Superact added: “It has been a summer of incredible events and we are very proud that Bandstand Marathon will bring the London 2012 Festival to a close by bringing local bandstands, parks and outdoor performance spaces alive with the whole community joining in - it’s going to be a memorable day!”