The gap that has been felt since the Olympic Games have finished can now be filled as the Paralympic games commence and sports fans can once again enjoy all the action in the City, at the BBC Live Site in Waterloo Place.
The site will be set up from today onwards for your viewing pleasure including grassed lawn and designated seating area which will remain until the final day of the games on Sunday 9 September. Coverage of the ‘Enlightenment’ titled opening ceremony will be streamed live from the Olympic Stadium in London tonight as some of the world’s finest sports people get ready for the event of the year.
Local boxing legend Charlie Nash and Foyle Special Olympic footballer Kaelan Northey, joined a delegation led by the city’s Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell to welcome the Paralympic Flame to the city last weekend officially marking the beginning of the celebrations for the 2012 Paralympic Games, when the flame was passed under the screen at Waterloo Place.
Speaking at the announcement from the Live Site, Mayor Kevin Campbell said, “I am delighted to be part of the procession who delivered the Paralympic Flame to the city before it was carried in a special torch relay to the Olympic Stadium in London where the flames were today united to form the Paralympic Flame. In marking the official opening of the Paralympic games, Derry City Council are once again offering sports fans the facility of the Live Screen to view all the events, happenings and medal winning as it happens. I for one will be watching in awe at the bravery and determination of the sporting individuals who have managed to oversee their physical challenges in order to be the best at their chosen sport and urge all from the city and beyond to offer support to locals Jason Smyth and Sally Brown who are taking part in the Games. I have no doubt that they will do the city proud, and exemplify the spirit of teamwork embodied by the Paralympic Games.”
The viewing area will be set out until 6pm each day and this time will be extended to 9pm and 10pm on the evenings were Northern Ireland Paralympic contenders are participating. The area will also play host to a series of kid’s arts and craft workshops, based around the Paralympic theme over both weekends, starting this Sunday 2 Sept from 12noon to 4pm, and same time over the following Saturday and Sunday until the end of the Games.
The site is one of 21 specially designated Live Big Screen sites located throughout the UK and the scheme is a Public Space Broadcasting Partnership project to animate city centres across the UK. The Live Site project is being run in partnership between Derry City Council and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the BBC, DCAL and DSD.