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Movie great praises inspired staff

Library and leisure staff were treated to a visit from movie great Danny Boyle as a celebration of their Olympic achievements.

The Oscar-winning director presented certificates to the Bury Council staff after it was announced they had gained the highest number of Olympic Inspire Mark projects in Greater Manchester. The marks are given to organisations for projects and events inspired by the London 2012 Games.

Danny, who is artistic director for the London 2012 opening ceremony, was born in Radcliffe and is a Freeman of the Borough of Bury. He spoke to staff about their work during his visit.

Council leader Mike Connolly said: “Just because the games are being hosted in London, it does not mean we have to miss out, far from it, we are using the games to inspire local people to get active and get involved.

“In fact, there are lots of ways in which local people can be a part of it such as becoming a local leader, or creating magical Olympic themed gardens.”

Bury’s Inspire Mark projects include the Inspiring Cycling Sundays, which are free monthly cycling sessions led by qualified instructors and aimed at all ages and abilities. All cycling equipment is provided for the sessions to ensure anyone can take part.

Another project is ClubBURY, which provides taster sessions, demonstration events and open days to allow people to experience sport in a club setting and encourage greater participation.

Health walks and free swimming for the young and old have also been provided as part of the Inspire Marks campaign.

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