Sparks will Fly at Wild Woods DayHockley Woods, Main Road, Hockley SS5 4RN
Saturday 2 June 2012
11am - 4pm
Procession with Boreas Zephyr in Hockley Woods from 1.00pm, followed by performance and presentation of the Rochford Glass Bead in the clearing.
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This was a special year for Wild Woods Day as it hosted the Rochford leg of Sparks Will Fly, the countywide cultural celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which involves every district and borough inEssex.
Wild Woods Day welcomed a very special visitor as Boreas Zephyr was part of a procession through Hockley Woods led by the world famous Bollywood Brass Band and an entourage of performers from the local Mushroom Theatre Company.
On his visit to the Woods, Boreas was presented with the Rochford glass bead by the Chairman of Rochford District Council, Councillor Mrs Joan Mockford. The bead has been created by local artist Madelaine Murphy. Madelaine worked with local groups to come up with a concept that best represented the District. She worked with Millview Court, Greensward Academy, Great Wakering Teen Café and Downhall Primary School to create the stunning artwork inside the bead.
As well as the ‘Sparks Will Fly’ spectacle, visitors enjoyed a range of creative and adventurous activities in the ancient woods, from knitting artwork for trees to slacklining, which is the sport of walking and balancing along a small nylon rope. And to get people in the mood for the London 2012 Olympics, former Olympian James Beevers was giving fencing lessons.
The Chairman of Rochford District Council, Councillor Mrs Joan Mockford, said: “Wild Woods Day was a great event to start my year as Chairman. It was lovely to see families enjoying lots of free activities.
The Sparks Will Fly performance was really fun and I enjoyed not only watching it – but being part of it too.
Every year Wild Woods Day gets bigger and busier and I hope that everyone who came along enjoyed themselves”.
Mariel Bunnage, Sparks will Fly Stage Manager said "It's been amazing so far, as you can see we have gorgeous weather, we're out in the woods, I mean what more could you ask for? Boreas is really getting to see the best of Essex and that's what this is all about."
Audience Member said "I think it's been a great day, a great day for the community, the weather's been good, it hasn't rained and it's just been nice to see all the music, the dancing and the colours. There's something for everybody."