I’m delighted and very excited to be involved in the making of the costumes to be worn by performers at the ‘Olympic Torch Performance’ when the Olympic Torch arrives in Hull on 18th June 2012.
The Event Headed by Jay Jay Media, have assembled local artists and makers to produce an array of entertainment to be performed to commemorate the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Hull. I will be part of a team putting together the fabulous costumes used by various performers within the event. The costumes are superbly designed to promote the aspects of Hull that we all hold close to our hearts, the architecture, the literary genius – Larkin, the white telephone boxes, the ‘Deep’, and of course the strong support of it’s football and rugby teams, the ‘Tigers’, ‘Rovers’ and ‘Airlie Birds’.
The torch was lit in Greece on 10th May 2012, and arrived on UK soil on Friday 18th May. It will wind it’s way around the country carried by selected relay runners, to arrive in Hull on 18th June, and there will be lots of celebrating taking place at West Park to commemorate the event.
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THE BIG NIGHT FINALLY ARRIVED
The atmosphere in West Park was electric, it was a beautiful summer evening and everyone was in good spirit. We watched from the big screen, all the ongoing preparations for the ‘London 2012’. Opening the evenings entertainment were a group of dance students from Wyke College in Hull, performing a dance routine centred around two Dutch Tourists visiting Hull, and all the attractions that they encounter. The routine featured ‘The Deep’, historic building such as the City Hall, the infamous white telephone boxes, the Poet Larkin and of course his ‘Toads’, music from ‘Bowie’ and ‘House Martins’, both of which had members who were from Hull, Hull Fair was featured along with landmarks such as the ‘Humber Bridge’. The performance finished off with a celebration of the city’s two Rugby teams and football team playing in oversized kits. The city is passionate about their teams and their section depicted highlights of their success.
I was so proud to be part of the team making the costumes for the event, and have posted a few photographs of the evening below. Costume co-ordinator was Liz Dees, and I constructed the girl and boy ‘Tourist’ outfits, ‘The Tigers’ outfit and all the oversized gloves worn by the performers.
It was such an emotional evening with the torch being carried into the Park by a local girl who when born the Doctors claimed that she would never walk. She proved them wrong by not only conquering walking but who also became a gymnast. How inspirational!