Olympic town enjoys golden touch in visit

Filey Mayor Richard Walker, seated, and Cllr Michael Cockerill, left of Mayor, pictured with the Young Ambassadors from Hackney, South London, at Filey Youth Centre, Brooklands, on their visit to the town.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  114671b
Filey Mayor Richard Walker, seated, and Cllr Michael Cockerill, left of Mayor, pictured with the Young Ambassadors from Hackney, South London, at Filey Youth Centre, Brooklands, on their visit to the town. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114671b

FILEY enjoyed a real golden moment after an Olympics-themed event to boost next year’s grand torch parade.

Youngsters from Hackney, in East London, visited the town and Filey Youth Centre to share their experiences with residents in the lead up to the 2012 Games.

The visit was engineered by the East meets East partnership, which aims to bring the two diverse communities from London and North Yorkshire together ahead of next summer’s Olympics.

The youngsters used the youth centre’s visual arts and music workshops to produce a video recording of their visit ahead of the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through Filey and Scarborough on June 18.

Cllr Mike Cockerill, who represents Filey on Scarborough Council, met the teenagers with the town’s mayor, Cllr Richard Walker, and said he was delighted with their response.

He added: “I was very pleased to welcome the youngsters and their leaders from Hackney to Filey.

“They were amazed at the Brigg and the Bay.

“Some of them had immediately taken the opportunity of going onto Filey’s magnificent beach and one youngster had taken his drums onto the beach so that he would not disturb people in the town.

“However, staff of a retirement home had heard him and invited him in to play for the residents.”

The Hackney youngsters also visited Dalby Forest and discussed North Yorkshire’s youth council.

Cllr John Blackburn, mayor of the borough of Scarborough, said: “I am delighted that through the East meets East partnership that the young people from Hackney have been given the opportunity to visit our diverse borough and share their once in a lifetime experiences with people their own age.

“There is no doubt that their involvement with preparations for London 2012 will be a real inspiration for our borough’s young people and as this initiative fits in so well with my mayoral themes of sports development and happiness, I am very proud to support everyone taking part.”

County councillor Arthur Barker, executive member for Youth Services, said: “We hope this will be one of the many exchanges in what promises to be an exciting and rewarding initiative.

“It is a chance for young people to explore different places and ways of life as well as experiences in common to develop towards London 2012.”