Singing and dancing as town celebrates Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Tamworth Castle Grounds will be the venue for a special event to mark the start of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

The stage in the Tamworth Castle Grounds.
The stage in the Tamworth Castle Grounds.

Tamworth has been chosen as a festival host site and will be showing a selection of the sporting action from a massive screen in the castle grounds throughout the 10 days of the competition, all free of charge.

The entertainment starts with the opening ceremony on Thursday, when people are invited to join the buzz and soak up the atmosphere by watching the event in the park, alongside a variety of live music performances from the stage.

Entertainment includes jive and swing band the Jive Aces, entertainer Glen Chevannes and the Together Community Gospel Choir.

The entertainment programme starts just before 6pm, with two hours of live music performances, before the screens are given over to the much-anticipated opening ceremony live from Birmingham, from 8pm.

Coverage of the sporting action will then be shown daily in the castle grounds until the closing ceremony on Monday, August 8, which will be broadcast alongside live music from local performers Tamworth Voices Community Choir, Ali Gilbert and The Dudes.

Councillor Robert Pritchard, deputy leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to show all the live sporting action on our fantastic large screen in the castle grounds and can’t wait for the competition to start.

“The screen has already been in use for the various events that have taken place so far and the picture quality is amazing, so it really will be a fantastic experience for people to come and experience the buzz of the games in the beautiful castle grounds.

“We’ve had lots of positive feedback about our festival site so far, especially how clean and welcoming it is. There’s catering on site and plenty of portable loos, and people are also invited to bring their own food and drink, in accordance with the site guidelines which can be found on the individual event pages via the Tamworth Arts & Events website.

“We hope to see lots of people there on Thursday and over the next couple of weeks.”

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