Rhythmic gymnastics, judo, local sporting champions and Big Screen action were among the attractions on offer to help celebrate the Olympic Handover from China to the UK on Sunday 24 August.
After the spectacular performances by Team GB, Swindon was amongst 500 locations in the UK to simultaneously fly the iconic London Olympic Handover Flag which ws raised over the Civic Offices in Euclid Street at 2.30pm.
Before the flag raising at 2pm, Swindon Judo Club put on a demonstation and afterwards Swindon-based Espirit Gymnastics performed a vibrant display of rhythmic gymnastics.
Swindon Deputy Mayor Cllr David Wren and Cllr Justin Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Recreation, opened the event with former paralympic bronze medallist powerlifter Keith Bell, former Commonwealth bronze medallist hurdler Lesley-Ann Skeete and wheelchair tennis player Louise Hunt, who hopes to compete in the 2012 Paralympics were on hand with their medals to speak to sporting enthusiasts.
From 1pm, on Swindon’s big screen in Wharf Green, the BBC Big Screen started to show the big parade and party in London's Mall to celebrate the games coming to the capital.
At 3.45pm peels of church bells rang out across the town to help create two minutes of noise across the UK signalling the handover, and to celebrate the wonderful effort by all Britain's athletes who will return with the country's biggest medal haul for 100 years.
The programme of events has been co-ordinated by Swindon Borough Council, inSwindon BID Company, the New Swindon Company and the BBC.
Cllr Justin Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Recreation, said, “I'm delighted that Swindon embraced the London Olympic handover celebrations in style. It was the perfect way to round off a truly spectacular performance by Great Britain in Beijing.”
Photos: British Olympic Association