Bicester children join 1,200 dancers in Olympic spectacle

Tree of Light olympic celebration in Stonor Park, Henley, on 21.07.12.' 'Image by Colin Tonks of Electric Pedals.
Tree of Light olympic celebration in Stonor Park, Henley, on 21.07.12.' 'Image by Colin Tonks of Electric Pedals.

YOUNG dancers from Bicester took part in a spectacular event to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on Saturday.

A group of nine dancers had been recruited by the Bicester youth arts charity, the OYAP Trust, to take part in the Tree of Light celebration in Stonor Park in Henley.

The centrepiece of the performance was an enormous industrial ‘tree’, complete with lights and special effects.

Laura Hamlet, of the OYAP Trust, said: “It was absolutely brilliant, they all did so well.

“Some of the dancers were very young, the youngest was seven years old.

“They worked really hard and loved it.”

A total of 1,200 performers and 600 singers joined artists and a group of volunteer cyclists, who helped power the ‘tree’, as part of the event.

The project was funded by Legacy Trust UK in a bid to involve creative talent from across Thames Valley in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.