Moving Tides Procession Cancelled
9:19am 12th July 2012
(Updated 10:18am 12th July 2012)
A huge procession featuring 300 drummers, street dancers and boat sails which was due to welcome the Olympic Torch in Weymouth today has been cancelled.
The street carnival, called Moving Tides, was going to be performed by a mix of 700 children and nearly 200 volunteers who've helped organise the artistic display.
The decision has been taken by the organisers for safety reasons after consultation with the MET Office who say heavy rain will be arriving later.
The event has been a year in the planning.
The Moving Tides may be rescheduled to take place in September.
Moving Tides Procession Rescheduled - STATEMENT
The Moving Tides Procession, planned to take place at 4pm today, is to be rescheduled and will not be part of this evening’s Torch celebration as previously planned.
The decision was made due to a weather forecast by the Met Office which predicts persistent rain from 1pm with heavier outbursts from 2pm onwards. Winds are forecast to increase to an average of Force 3-4 (15-20 mph) and there are also flood warnings in place for some areas (Amber).
‘We cannot arrange for 1,000 people to process in the persistent rain and wind that is forecast. The well being of the people involved in the procession and the stability of the costumes and props is our primary concern at this moment. We hope to deliver the Moving Tides Procession in September as a finale to the Cultural Olympiad. This has been the most difficult decision of my career but I feel that it was right one to make as the event organiser,’ said Alan Rogers, Cultural Coordinator Weymouth and Portland 2012 Operations Team
Members of the local musical community involved in the Moving Tides Procession will still take to the Live Site stage at 5.30pm to perform. Magic Drum’s team of 20 members will be joined by 10 performers from B sharp to perform two pieces; ‘Second Line Stomp’ and ‘Get Up’. Magic Drum is run by Glyn Bush and Ralph Cree, both with a wealth of experience as teachers and professional musicians and expert knowledge of Samba, Brazilian and African rhythms and the music of Cuba and Jamaica. B Sharp is a young people’s organisation based in Lyme Regis, East Devon and West Dorset that inspires young people and children to provide high quality music making opportunities.
Weapons of Sound, who delivered the drumming workshops in schools to teach the Moving Tides Procession ‘beat’ will also perform at 7.30pm.