Croydon Olympic torch celebrations to bring thousands to town centre
BUSINESSES in the town centre are determined they won’t be left behind in the wake of the Olympic torch relay next Monday (July 23).
So this week, Croydon Business Improvement District (BID), which represents town centre businesses, is putting the finishing touches to a programme of entertainment designed to keep the crowds, expected to flock to North End and High Street for the relay, in the centre once the torch bearers have gone.
At the heart of the BID's Big Get Together will be a parade starting after the torch relay and travelling along the length of North End, ending up in High Street.
Taking a starring role in the parade will be Bollywood dancers, the Love to Dance group and gospel choir, We Sing, You Sing.
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They will be joined stiltwalkers, members of the Croydon Cougars basketball squad who will be displaying their skills en route and three freestyle footballers led by Dan Magness, the Guinness and world freestyle record holder.
They will, according to Matthew Sims, BID's chief executive, Matthew Sims, be showing off some 'jaw-dropping football tricks'.
At the end of parade those taking part will continue to provide entertainment in the centre during the afternoon.
Mr Sims said: "We are going to be bringing some marvellous talent to the town centre.
"It is going to be a great day for the family, celebrating the fact that the Olympic torch has come to Croydon and showing visitors what Croydon has to offer."
He added: "We are expecting the numbers of people coming to Croydon the day to be really high.
"This is a once-in-a-generation thing and we have to make the most of it."
In addition to the parade activities to mark the celebrations are also planned in the Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres.