Members of the Kursaal Fish and Chip Supper Club welcomed Essex County Councillor, Stephen Castle to their recent meeting. See picture on the right with Kursall Councillors Louise Burdett (left), Blain Robin (centre left), Kursaal Chairman Catrina Lambert (centre right) and Cllr Stephen Castle (right).
Stephen, who was the East of England’s leading player in the London bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics’ Games, spoke enthusiastically about the development of various Olympic sites including that at Hadleigh.
Not only was Stephen in Trafalgar Square, with thousands of others, when the bid was announced to be successful, he was also in Beijing for the Games of 2008. It was particularly exciting therefore to hear him assure the audience of the undoubted success of the organisation, the design and construction of sites and the legacy left after the closing ceremonies. In his presentation Stephen highlighted some of the associated events such as the Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games. He reported on the magnificence of the velodrome, as well as the exhilarating white water rafting course on the River Lea, which he encouraged everyone to visit.
Speaking after the meeting Cllr Blaine Robin said: Kursaal ward residents welcome the news that several South Essex companies have won contracts to employ local people and to provide services. Our communities will not only be inspired by the Olympic event but will contribute to the legacy, with our long history of work ethic in the region, long after the Games have ended.