THURSDAY, October 27, marked a thousand days to go to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Scottish Borders Council’s Arts Development Team didn’t let the landmark pass without a celebration.
Count Us In! Flash Dance focused on the latest dance craze that takes onlookers by surprise as a group of seemingly unrelated people gradually join in a routine.
Groups across the Borders signed up to take part in workshops and events throughout October culminating in a day of flash dances. HIghlights included shoppers at Morrisons supermarket in Hawick being taken by surprise by a ‘Thriller’ routine through the aisles and at the checkout.
And not to be outdone, staff at Council HQ in St Boswells initiated a conga through the building and staff restaurant during lunchtime.
Paul Bush OBE, chief operating officer at EventScotland, said: “Count Us In epitomises what the Games for Scotland programme has been designed to accomplish: inspiring, motivating and engendering pride amongst the people of the Scottish Borders around Scotland’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Featuring a variety of dancing activities, the event provided people with the opportunity to celebrate 1,000 days to go to the Commonwealth Games and discover the benefits of an active lifestyle.”
Councillor Graham Garvie, Executive Member for Culture, Sport and Community Learning, added: “The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will provide a significant number of opportunities for Borderers to get involved in what are known as the Friendly Games, a major international event.
“As momentum builds and we have passed the three years to go mark for Glasgow 2014, I would encourage as many people as possible to participate in the events and volunteering opportunities that are part of the programme aimed at generating a lasting social, economic and sporting legacy from the Games.
“Physically active people have a 20-30 per cent reduced risk of premature death, and a 50 per cent reduced risk of major chronic disease, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers. We need to be an active community and sign up with the Count Us In initiative across the Scottish Borders.”
Games for Scotland was a programme of events inspired by the 17 Commonwealth sports, dance and the Commonwealth Games concept itself. The scheme ran from July 23 and the events of October 27 brought things to a close.