Sports fans step back in time as part of Olympics build-up + VIDEO

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SPORTS fans took a step back in time as they helped to kick off the one-month countdown to the Olympics.

Cleadon Archers hosted a demonstration at Hylton Castle and invited Wearsiders to come along and have a look as they re-enacted historic times when archers roamed the meadows.

Cleadon archer Jessica James taking part in a series of Olympic themed events at Hylton Castle on Wednesday night.

Cleadon archer Jessica James taking part in a series of Olympic themed events at Hylton Castle on Wednesday night.

Youngsters from Durham schools got a first-hand insight into life in Edwardian times when they gathered at Beamish Museum this week for a special event.

They dressed up in their finest Edwardian sportswear to take part in a series of traditional games, including croquet, quoits, sheaf tossing and booler racing.

The events formed part of a string of regional celebrations this week to mark the month countdown to the London 2012 Olympics.

Geoff Hodgson, chairman of the North East Regional Board for the 2012 Games, said: “It is good to see so many people supporting the sporting events happening in cultural venues in their area and really getting into the spirit of the Games, which are not far away now.”