AS MILLIONS of people across the world watched yesterday’s closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, Dewsbury held its own celebrations to mark the occasion.
The town adopted an oriental theme as it held its Beijing to Dewsbury festival, to pay homage to the host city of this summer’s spectacular sporting event.
Hundreds of people flocked to the town’s very own event, which took part on the day that marked the closing of this year’s games and the official handover of the Olympic flag to London, which will be the next host city in 2012.
The fun in Dewsbury included a new street performance by Chol Theatre entitled Not for All the Tea in China.
As a nod to the fact that people in China and this country share a love of drinking tea the company invited visitors to attend its Edwardian tea party.
Other activities included performances by Chinese musicians and lion dancers and a range of Olympic sports for people to try out.
The real highlight was the raising of a specially-commissioned Olympic flag on Dewsbury Town Hall.
Elsewhere flags were raised in more than 700 places around the world to celebrate the handover of the Olympics to London.
After the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, received the official flag from his counterpart in Beijing during a spectacular closing ceremony celebrations were held in the UK and abroad to declare London the host city for 2012.
More than 400 flags were hoisted in towns across Britain while crowds gathered to watch events unfold in China on big screens in a number of venues.
Flags were flown in The Mall in central London, where a party was held with live music and entertainment.
Further afield, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office distributed flags to its overseas missions, from Vancouver to Tokyo.
People in many towns enjoyed celebrations featuring music and sport to mark the occasion at civic buildings, market places and shopping centres.
l To mark yesterday’s ceremony choirs in a number of places across the UK led the public in singing in celebration, with Sing Live Northern leading a sing-a-long in Bradford.