Fencers duel atop Sunderland’s National Glass Centre

Fencing on the roof of the Glass Centre. Part of One Big Event.
Fencing on the roof of the Glass Centre. Part of One Big Event.
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A SWORD fight on top of Sunderland’s National Glass Centre was the centrepiece to a day of special day of activities.

The duel took place for One Big Event, part of the Sunderland’s 2012 Olympic countdown programme.

Fencing on the roof of the Glass Centre. Part of One Big Event.

Fencing on the roof of the Glass Centre. Part of One Big Event.

The day saw unusual events across the city which also included archery at Hylton Castle, choirs at Sunderland Aquatic Centre and fitness sessions at Sunderland Library.

Councillor John Kelly, portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, said: “People in Sunderland have really embraced the Sunderland in 2012 programme, showing their support for events like the 24-hour Swimathon, the Big Bike Ride and more recently the celebration of the Olympic Flame travelling through the city.”

The 2012 programme is designed to celebrate the Olympics and includes a variety of sporting, arts and cultural events across Sunderland.

Coun Kelly added: “One Big Event was another chance for people to try their hand at something they might not normally have the opportunity to take part in.

“There are a number of activities that have taken place all under the umbrella of One Big Event, and all are free.”

The fencing event was hosted by Washington Fencing Club and onlookers were encouraged to get involved and give it a go.

Marie Matheson, from the club, said the day was a way of showcasing a sport that does not get mainstream coverage.

Marie, 39, from West Rainton, said: “I though it was a great way to show people fencing in an unusual setting.

“It’s a very different kind of sport. It does not feel like exercising.

“We got quite a few spectators down and one little seven-year-old was determined to have a go so we got him some gear and he had a stab at it with one of our coaches.”

Cleadon Archers also demonstrated their skills against the backdrop of one of Sunderland’s most historic sites, Hylton Castle, where archers roamed around the castle meadows.

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