Three of Epping Forest District`s brightest 2012 prospects joined Youth Councillors and Councillors on Sunday 24 August 2008 for the raising of an Olympic Flag. The ceremony was to mark the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London. Runner Katherine Sparke (20) from Waltham Abbey, swimmer James Hollis (16) from Theydon Bois and cyclist Jim Lewis (15) from Buckhurst Hill raised the London 2012 Flag with District Council Chairman John Knapman at the Civic Offices in Epping. Similar flags were raised across the country and at British embassies around the world.
Olympic Flag Raising Ceremony webcast (opens in a new window)
Councillor Knapman was delighted to be involved in the nationwide event. In his previous capacity as Leader of Epping Forest District Council he energetically supported the London Olympic Bid. He said: It was a great honour for me. I strongly believe in the values of the Olympic Games. The fantastic success of Team GB over the last two weeks has boosted the whole country. I also think there are much wider benefits of encouraging people to get fit and participate in sport. Epping Forest District is well placed for the Games, close not only to the main 2012 events in Stratford but even closer to the canoeing at Broxbourne.
He added: Katherine, James or Jim could be among the 2012 competitors and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see one of them receive an Olympic medal. Each of them has already demonstrated skill, ability and great determination in their chosen fields and I am very proud of their association with the Council.
The flag will fly at the Civic Offices until 30 September, after which it will be held at Epping Forest District Museum as a lasting memento of the historic occasion.
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