Portsmouth celebrates with special events to mark one year until Olympics

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PORTSMOUTH is set for a weekend of sports and culture to start the countdown to the 2012 Olympics.

From Friday to Sunday, Guildhall Square will host Olympic and Paralympic displays to celebrate ‘One Year To Go’ until the London Games.

Visitors will also be able to take part in taster sessions including boxing, tennis, wheelchair tennis, cycling, gymnastics and wheelchair basketball.

Other activities in the square will include face painting, hula hooping, free health checks and healthy eating advice, Zumba, singing, a showcase of local music and dancing.

The square’s big screen will premiere the Tate Movie project made by children across the UK, short films from Film Nation Shorts and interactive games to play.

And on Saturday the 1981 film Chariots of Fire will be shown.

Elsewhere in the city, other events include meeting Saxons at the City Museum, and a guided walk focused on next year’s 200th birthday of Charles Dickens.

Portsmouth City Council’s leader for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Lee Hunt, said: ‘This fantastic weekend shows how excited we are about London 2012, and shows the many things there are to do in our city.’