FENLAND: Our campaign set to bring FREE Olympics exhibition to March Library

PUBLISHED: 15:12 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 08:35 02 June 2010

going for gold nostalgia pix

going for gold nostalgia pix

A TOURING exhibition promoting Cambridgeshire s links with the Olympics is coming to March- thanks to intervention by the Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard. County council officials had planned the exhibition to visit Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots, Ely and Cam

going for gold nostalgia pix

A TOURING exhibition promoting Cambridgeshire's links with the Olympics is coming to March- thanks to intervention by the Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard.

County council officials had planned the exhibition to visit Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots, Ely and Cambridge between August 26 and September 28.

But nowhere in the plans was March- until we contacted council leader Jill Tuck and other county councillors and argued the case for Fenland.

Some hours later the county council agreed that the exhibition should come to March and a date has been fixed for the end of October.

The Fens were the birthplace of British speed skating and races are recorded from the late 18th century onwards. Here we see Albert Tebbit of Milton winning a race at Swavesey in 1893. 5856SM88

"The touring exhibition will be at March Library from October 27 - the earliest available date," said a council spokesman.

"It will be will on show for at least a week, in fact giving Fenland people an extended opportunity to see the displays at no cost.

"We would like to thank the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard for highlighting the lack of a free venue in Fenland for this exhibition and following your representations, the county council has moved quickly to arrange an extended opportunity for local people to view the display at no cost to themselves."

It means local people can enjoy a free showing from the county council's archives and local studies team who are on track to help mark the UK's race towards the 2012 Olympics.

Three Cambridgeshire hopefuls for the 1936 Olympics: From left to right: Peter Ward who competed in the 500 metres; Ran Laurie, father of the actor and comedian Hugh,  who came  fourth in the rowing but went on to  win a gold in the coxless pairs at the 1

The exhibition will feature photographs and items on an Olympic theme drawn from Cambridgeshire County Council's extensive archive and library collections.

The activities are being organised to coincide with the handover from the Beijing Games on August 24 and the start of the four-year Cultural Olympiad in the UK.

Cambridgeshire Project Co-ordinator Anne Solly said:

"Our Library and Archives collections are a rich source of material and information relating to the Olympics which is the world's greatest sporting event and I am delighted that we are able to give the people of Cambridgeshire an opportunity to take part in the Cultural Olympiad and to celebrate the games.

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