Olympic event fans the flame of enthusiasm for sport

Banbury Cake: Wilf Iliffe of Banbury Bulldogs Skater Hockey teaches water polo player Holly Showler, seven. She also completed a Sport Relief mile swim Buy this photo » Wilf Iliffe of Banbury Bulldogs Skater Hockey teaches water polo player Holly Showler, seven. She also completed a Sport Relief mile swim

BANBURY celebrated the end of the Olympics with a festival of sport at Woodgreen open-air pool and sports hall.

Saturday’s event included free swimming, football, skater hockey, table tennis, circuit training and badminton. Youngsters also enjoyed face-painting and henna tattoos while visitors got to find out about sport clubs and activities.

Among the guests at the Woodgreen Avenue event was Olympic torchbearer and gym owner Dave Earle, pictured below with Emmaunella Hinneh, five. He said the success of London 2012 would have a lasting positive impact around the UK.

He said: “I hope it galvanises them to believe that, as long as they work hard, they can achieve what they want. The whole country certainly seems more positive now.”

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