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Sporting Heroes Remembered in Dorset

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9:27am 4th July 2012

Local heroes and forgotten sporting legends are being celebrated at Dorset County Museum in a new exhibition that opens today.

Called "Our Sporting Life" Under the first theme, Land, one of the areas being explored is the world of cycling, from road racing to transcontinental treks.  A touring bicycle over 100 years old will also be on show.  A display dedicated to the heritage of football in Dorset continues the theme - visitors will see a pair of leather football boots from the Second World War and a special trophy, awarded to Dorset Town FC by the Football Association.

Fishing and water sports of all kinds are featured within the Sea section of the exhibition.  See a sailing dinghy up close in the exhibition hall and learn about the exploits of the 'Crazy Gang' fishing for eels off the rugged cliffs of Portland in the 1970s.  There will also be a selection of old fishing rods and reels for the true enthusiast.  Open water swimming is also included with photos, cups and medals from winners of open water and even cross-channel swims.

On a fine day with a steady breeze, groups of intrepid paragliders can often been seen flying high above the cliffs and beaches of Dorset.  The sport is very popular in this area and visitors to the Museum will find the harness and canopy of a modern paraglider on display together with amazing photographs of the Dorset coast from the air.

Many activities will be available for families and children to enjoy, from table football and table tennis, to organised family activities throughout the summer - the first, on Wednesday 25 July, will be all about making an Olympic laurel wreath.  

Other activities - on 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August - will include making and playing blow football and learning about indoor bowling.  These activities take place every Wednesday morning during the school holidays, starting at 10.30am.  The cost per child is just £3 and accompanying adults are admitted free.

Our Sporting Life has been designed to enable communities in Dorset to connect with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through inspirational personal stories and unique objects. It is running in various museums across Dorset throughout 2012.  The exhibition at Dorset County Museum runs until 15 September 2012.

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