Let’s dance! Festival gets people active

TORCH Ant Stewart
TORCH Ant Stewart
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CHILDREN strutted their stuff to an up-tempo Zumba workout at a festival in Chichester.

Around 8,000 people went to Oaklands Park for the Get Active Festival, which is run by Chichester District Council.

Local torchbearer Ant Stewart came along and gave people the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Olympic Torch.

The event included a disability sports zone, where both disabled and able-bodied visitors could try Paralympic sports.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, in charge of leisure in Chichester district, said: ‘We developed the Get Active Festival in 2005 as an Olympic Legacy event, and each year we’ve had more people and clubs attending.

‘This year’s event was bigger and better than ever before with over 40 clubs taking part.

‘We had over 300 club members and volunteers help out on the day, and I would like to say a big thank you to each and every one.

‘They made sure everything ran smoothly and helped make the day a huge success.’

Staff from Westgate Leisure Centre had lots of people taking up their rowing challenge to see how far they could row within one minute.

Cllr Lintill added: ‘Some said they had been inspired by the Olympics and were looking for their local rowing club to take up the sport.’