23 July 2013Olympian Beth Tweddle draws crowds at Wincham school summer fair
Young and old alike were out in force on Saturday to meet the World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist, who spent the day at Wincham Community Primary School’s summer fair, which was sponsored by The Red Lion in Pickmere.
As well as opening the fair, the MBE signed autographs and posed for photographs while taking in all that Wincham school has to offer.
“It’s brilliant just to see and get involved with the community and to be able to inspire these children,” said three-time World Champion Beth.
“My passion and goal at the moment is to inspire as many children as possible and to carry on the legacy of the Olympics.
Hopefully by having that legacy on their doorsteps, more children will get involved with not just gymnastics, but all sport.”
Two lucky pupils – seven-year-old Isabella Barton and nine-year-old Kerry Gillies – were able to get up close and personal with Beth after being selected by the Guardian to interview the star as part of the school’s summer fair competition.
The fair, organised by the school’s PTA, was also home to a number of fun-filled activities including live music, a birds of prey display and petting zoo from Stockley Farm, musical theatre display, stalls and games.
“The fair has been a great success,” said Jo Pugh, one of the organisers.
“We’ve had a better turn out than expected and the weather has been fabulous.
“It’s great to see it all come together after six months of hard work – we’ve been working non-stop so it’s fantastic that it’s finally here and it’s gone so well.
“And to have Beth here has been fantastic.
"We want to thank Mereside Brass Band for their great music, Stockley Birds of Prey for their arena display, the students and crew from UCAN, our own school children for their performances in the choir and bands, the teachers and everyone else who helped and supported us. We couldn't have asked for a better afternoon after all the planning. “
Wincham Parish Council was also on hand on Saturday to give residents the latest information on a number of issues including HS2.
A plaque to mark Linnards Lane playing fields as a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Field in Trust was also unveiled by Beth.
Clr Peter O’Halloran, chairman of Wincham Parish Council, said: “The council is very proud at this designation of our playing field which means that the field can never be built on.”