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Olympic Park set for major new £19.1m attraction

Anish Kapoor-designed sculpture set to include purpose-built viewing platform overlooking London's East End

By Pete Hayman

A new £19.1m tourist attraction is set to be created at the Olym- pic Park in London after plans for the 115m (377ft)-tall sculpture – the ArcelorMittal Orbit – were commissioned. London-based artist Anish

Kapoor was selected by mayor Boris Johnson, Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and ArcelorMittal chair and chief executive officer Lakshmi Mittal for the scheme. The sculpture – set to be the largest in the UK – will be 22m

(72ft) taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York, US, and will contribute towards a lasting legacy from the 2012 Games. ArcelorMittal Orbit, which

will consist of a "continuous looping lattice of tubular steel", will offer views over the 250-acre (101-hectare) Olympic Park from a purpose-built viewing platform. Up to £16m will be provided

by ArcelorMittal, the interna- tional steel company, towards the scheme, with the remaining £3.1m coming from the London Development Agency.

The sculpture is due to open ahead of the 2012 London Olympics

Wales unveils new major sporting events strategy

According to the new

By Pete Hayman

The Welsh Assembly Govern- ment has unveiled its new strategy to ensure that Wales continues to host major international sporting events. Heritage minister Alun Ffred

Jones said the Major Events Strategy will provide a chance to build on the success in staging events in recent years. Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium

hosted its first Ashes Test match

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The Ashes at SWALEC Stadium

between England and Australia last year. The Ryder Cup will take place at Newport's Celtic Manor Resort later this year.

strategy, hosting major events can contribute towards fulfilling the Assembly Government's One Wales objectives relating to promoting participation and stimulating economic growth. A new fund will be estab-

lished to develop events outside of Cardiff; major events will be identified for Wales to bid for and a free consultancy service will advise on the use of Welsh language at events.

HLF funding for Wigan meadows

Community Forests Northwest has received £539,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help fund the acquisition of Lightshaw Meadows, near Wigan. The organisation aims

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