A Swindon roundabout is showcasing a floral display of the Olympic rings to drive forward the vibrant spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In total nearly 2,000 flowers and herbs, including marigolds, begonias and parsley, have been planted to create this iconic symbol on the Transfer Bridges roundabout in celebration of the Games.
The vibrant flowerbed, funded by LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), are not the only Olympic-themed floral tribute.
TWIGS (Therapeutic Work in Gardening Swindon) has created a unique feature of flowers and steel rings, mirroring the Olympic rings, at the Live Site in Wharf Green, which will be unveiled when the Games begin on Friday, July 27.
Torchbearer Damien Davis, an IT Manager from Cricklade, said: “I think it’s a fantastic idea to have the rings brightening up one of our roundabouts and the display at the Live Site sounds wonderful. When the Torch came to Swindon it was such a special day for the town. Now I’m really looking forward to the excitement of the Games and I’ll definitely be watching some of the action on the Big Screen.”
The loss of a close friend Wayne Wilson to Leukaemia spurred Damien, aged 36, into action last year. Together with Wayne’s brother Carl and four friends, Team Wayne raised more than £9,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research following their intrepid endeavours to climb the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales: Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike.
He said: “I’m lucky because I’ve still got my moment of holding the Torch for Team Wayne to come – I’ll be running in Ludgershall next month and can’t wait.”
Swindon is one of just 22 places in the country designated as a Live Site, at the Big Screen. This means you can watch all the sporting action as the Games unfold from Friday, July 27 until Sunday, August 12.
And that’s just for starters, there’s also a jam-packed schedule of events and activities to show how fun and varied sport can be. With more than 20 different demonstrations and taster sessions on offer, there’s something for everyone.
Ranging from basketball to boccia (a game of seated bowling), trampoline to climbing and fencing to table tennis, the activities are open to all and free of charge.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Lead Member for Regeneration and Culture, said: “It’s brilliant that Swindon is embracing the spirit of the Olympics in so many different ways. The Games are such a great source of celebration and opportunities to get involved in sport. I hope as many people as possible go to the Live Site and take the chance to try something new against the backdrop of the live Olympics footage on the Big Screen.”
For full details of the Live Site events and activities, visit www.facebook.com/swindon2012