ALMOST 850 children competed in a colourful Saddleworth Village Olympics as the event celebrated its 31st year.
The competition was launched with the traditional opening ceremony at Saddleworth School.
Special guest the Mayor of Oldham Cllr Derek Heffernan reflected on being at the very first Village Olympics before the Games’ oath was read by competitor Lucy Johnson, of Diggle.
Then a brand new flag hand-made especially by the ladies at Uppermill Methodist Church for the event led the procession of boys and girls around the courts.
It was carried by Ben Aylward (Delph and Denshaw), Rhianon Langan (Dobcross), Tom Kearney (Greenfield), Harley Edge (Diggle), Isabel Smith (Lydgate, Grasscroft, Friezland and Grotton), Toby Robinson (Springhead, Austerlands and Scouthead) and Rosie Goodwin (Upppermill).
After a loud countdown, balloons in each of the village’s colours were released into the sky and the Games were officially declared open.
Over two-and-a-half weeks, 15 different sporting events at seven different venues were contested.
The results are still being compiled and the overall village winners will be announced at a special awards night later this month.
Adrian Green, who co-chairs the event with Jon Mayor and Martin Roo, said: “The event has once again proven to be a big success and the children who competed appeared to really enjoy the range of sporting activities available.”
Jon thanked the coaches, parents, children, officials and committee members for their efforts in ensuring this year’s event was another success.
While the Games may have finished the hard work of dedicated volunteers continues as the planning for the 2017 games gets underway.
If you would like to help next year, with financial support or otherwise, the committee would love to hear from you and can be emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more, visit http://saddleworthvillageolympics.co.uk/