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Join in Olympic handover fun

Herne Bay will be the place to be on Sunday for the Olympic handover from Beijing to London.

Live pictures from China will be beamed onto a giant screen in Memorial Park.

The town is the only one in the south east chosen for the ceremony at 2.30pm, which will be televised by the BBC.

The closing ceremony in Beijing will dominate the last day of Herne Bay Festival, which has been dedicated to a Get Active Feel Alive programme.

Children aged from five to 15 will participate in the Beijing Challenge, an obstacle course around iconic Chinese landmarks.

There will also be free swimming for everyone at Herons Swimming Pool, Whitstable Swimming Pool and the pool at Kingsmead Leisure Centre, Canterbury, for the day.

Free roller skating will be available at Herne Bay pier, but Memorial Park will provide the centrepiece for celebrations, highlighted by the unfurling of the London 2012 Olympic flag.

Read Esther Irwin's Beijing Blog

Kent will be more involved in the next Olympics than any other county.

The University of Kent campus will accommodate athletes representing all sports, with the autumn term start for 2012 changed specifically to accommodate the Games.

Sporting facilities in Canterbury shortlisted for use for Olympics preparation are:

• Canterbury High School - athletics, basketball, fencing, and beach volleyball

• St Lawrence cricket ground - archery

• University of Kent - archery, badminton, basketball, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, modern pentathlon, table tennis, indoor volleyball, beach volleyball

• City of Canterbury Rhythmic Gymnastics Club, St Anselm’s School

• Polo Farm - hockey.

Sites have also been identified for London Paralympic Games preparation.

They are Canterbury High School, for athletics, boccia, football, volleyball, fencing and rugby; Polo Farm, tennis; University of Kent, archery, boccia, football, goalball, powerlifting, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, fencing and rugby.

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