THE opening of the London Olympics was marked in Grantham with an open day at The Meres Leisure Centre.
The day included a range of competitions for youngsters, free swimming in the pool courtesy of a Grantham Journal offer, and an exciting finale at the home of Grantham Town Football Club.
A mix of sporting an fun events were staged during the day, including a children’s five-a-side football competition, tug of war challenge, break dancing show, martial arts demonstration, magic show, and face-painting.
Grantham torchbearer Tracey Lamb took her torch along for people to be photographed with and there were fun fair rides for the children, an inflatable slide and stalls.
The event finished with a colourful balloon release at the football stadium, attended by a large crowd including children who won a colouring competition, representatives from Grantham Town Football club, new managers at The Meres Adam Boulton and Kevin Grant, and former Grantham Town manager Gary Mills, who was in town for a match between the Gingerbreads and his current charges, York City.
Meres swimschool principal Sue Harris said: “All in all this is a fun way to start the Olympics. The balloon release was fantastic and the pool was full all day.”
The next major event at the leisure centre is an Olympics event for adults with learning disability on Thursday next week.