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Olympic inspired show for Portland ahead of 2012 Games

The Revive Portland delivery team. Copyright of Revive Portland.
Image caption The Revive Portland delivery team has hosted a number of community events since 2009

An Olympic inspired community show has been organised for Portland ahead of the 2012 Games.

The Revive Portland Community Show will be held at Old Railway Station Yard, Victoria Square, on 2 May.

Revive Portland is a project aimed at making positive changes to the local area for 2012, when Weymouth and Portland will host the sailing events.

The project co-ordinator said the show was "about showing off what Portland has to offer".

The event, which is being funded by Synergy Housing, will be free of charge.

It will include stalls, games, food and a beer tent.

'Community spirit'

Yvonne Beven, the project co-ordinator, said: "Portland is such a unique place and there is an amazing sense of community spirit on the island.

"Everyone knows about the lighthouse and the sailing, but there is so much more.

"We intend to showcase the island's rich history, the diverse wildlife, quarrying, fishing and even Portland sheep."

In 2009 the people of Portland were asked to suggest things that would make it a better place and more than 500 ideas were received.

The Revive Portland delivery team has since set about turning those wishes into reality.

To date it has hosted a number of community events, including two Halloween celebrations.

It has also enabled nine local young people to take part in a tall ship voyage and has worked with inmates at the local young offenders institution to place flower boxes in Fortuneswell.

The Revive Portland project has received the coveted London 2012 Inspire Mark, a national award given to innovative projects that are inspired by the Games.

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