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Olympic spirit lives on as Bolt rolls into town
By Tim Dickens Oxjam Rocks!
Brixton was rocking to the sound of 40 artists across five venues for the highly anticipated Brixton Ox- jam takeover. Te event raised thousands of
pounds for Oxfam and saw hun- dreds of gig-goer s out on a rainy Sunday. See our picture round-up and review on page 10.
Athletic residents will recreate the magic of the Olympics when they take part in a contest to find the fastest man, woman and child in Brixton. Tree months aſter Usain Bolt
broke the Olympic 100m record, Te Brixton Bolt will see wannabe sprinters converge on Popes Road on October 27 to try and match his success on the makeshiſt track. Te day will evoke the day in
August when Usain Bolt ran the course in 9.63seconds, sending fans gathered in the town’s Jamai- can-run businesses into a jubilant frenzy. Event organiser Tom Shakh-
li said: “Brixton’s got a proud and strong Jamaican community and watching the reaction when Usain Bolt won both races got me think- ing about how to harness that. “When I told people the idea ev-
eryone smiled and said that sounds like great fun. I’ve tried to make it something that’s fun for everyone.” Schools and community groups
Te borough’s older residents took to the square recently to mark Black History Month. Lambeth Pensioners Action
Group also marched down Brixton Road before retiring to the town hall for lunch. Full story on page 4.
have already got into the spir- it by holding a series of heats and training sessions. At Evelyn Grace Academy, Shakespeare Road Brix- ton, youngsters held their heats last week and have been in fervent
LIGHTNING: Students at Evelyn Grace Academy take a break from the race and, below, on starter’s orders “Off the back of the Olympics
training since. One hopeful, Tristan, said: “It
was impressive to see Usain Bolt win the 100m, and made me put even more effort to training. I’ll be training properly before the event.” Teacher Marvin Riley added:
these young people have begun to realise that whatever their back- ground they can develop their skills and be the best.” Te event sarts at 10.30am on
“Tis is an absolutely brilliant ac- tivity for the students, and it takes advantage of this track we have too.
Saturday October 27 and is open to anyone who lives within Brixton Town. To find out more visit www. brixtonbolt.com
Ice Ice Baby
Hundreds of plucky Brixton res- idents will take a chilly plunge to raise money for homeless charity Crisis. Te brave swimmers will break
the ice at Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill, for a dip next month. It will raise vital funds to house street sleepers across London over the Christmas period. Full story on page 5.
Our illustrious food writer visits the delights of El Panzon in Gran- ville Arcade. Food review, page 11.
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