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Sutton Shines in Take Part, Take Pride Festival - 01.07.09

The latest craze of freerunning comes to Sutton as part of this year's Take Part, Take Pride celebrations.

Barry He, a 15 year old who loves the sport, heads up the South London Parkour team who will be giving demonstrations of their amazing stunts and free workshops to teach the basic movements on Saturday 11th July on Sutton High Street.

Kicking off the week-long festival on Monday 6 July at 2pm will be Korean drumming group, Dulsori, who are based in Sutton and attend many festivals around the world. Young people from Cheam and Greenshaw High School will take part in a free workshop to learn the art of Korean drumming

Local museum Honeywood is also heading up an excavation at Oaks Park to find the foundations of the Oaks Mansion house, where the Earl of Derby founded two of the most famous horse races in the world – the Derby and the Oaks.

Lots of local councillors are organising events, including Cllr Tony Brett Young giving a historic walk around North Cheam on Sunday 12th, Janet Lowne with a Teddy Bears Picnic at Collingwood on Saturday 11th, and Myfanwy Wallace with an Open Day at Seear's Park on Friday 10th.

Look out for the Take Part, Take Pride Information Bus, which begins its tour at St Helier Hospital at midday on Monday 6th. Come and say hello and find out what the council can do for you. And if you're in Sutton town centre on 11th or 12th July, there's a fantastic line-up of local singers, dancers and bands.  If you want to join in with 'Sutton Speaks', our lively and very interactive public debate, join us in Sutton High Street at 1pm on Sunday 12 July.

'Sutton Speaks' is an exciting new competition inviting local people to get involved and put forward ideas of how they would like us to spend £2,000 in their area.

There are well over 100 fantastic events lined up this year's Take Part, Take Pride festival, showcasing the people and groups whose inspiring work help to make Sutton such a great place. There's something for everyone, in all parts of the borough – from singing and dancing to sport, heritage walks to inline skating and lots of family events to enjoy.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader for the Council says: "There is so much going on this year.  With so many great events lined up, it promises to be our best yet. We hope you will find something in this year's festival to inspire you to get involved, meet new people and try something new. So come along and join us Take Part, Take Pride."

For all Take Part Take Pride events visit and if you are on Facebook, join the Take Part, Take Pride group.

Last updated: Wednesday, 01 July 2009

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