Disabled get chance to show they're not just athletes
A DAY celebrating the achievements of people with disabilities is to be held on Stroud on Saturday.
Stroud and District Access Group will be holding Liberty Festival, to celebrate the abilities of people with disabilities,
"It will showcase what we can do, rather than just what our Paralympic athletes, particularly our very own Paralympic cyclist, James Brown from Stonehouse, representing Ireland, can do" said Reg Cobb, chairman of Stroud and District Access Group.
The free event includes wheelchair dancing, a deaf comedian, wheelchair basketball and workshops, story-telling and more.
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The day will start at 10am on the forecourt of the Subscription Rooms with a launch by Rob Rees, Cotswold Chef and CEO of Wiggly Worm, supporting the National Star College's Star Bistro. He will introduce the first performance by GDance, Gloucestershire Dance.
"We will also have Caroline Parker, aptly named Deaf Diva, who has just performed the opening ceremony of the Paralympic games, and she will do some sign songs and entertain the crowd with some music," said Reg.
There will be a Learn British Sign Language workshop for all in the George Room. The day will also allow other people with disabilities to share their views and experiences with workshop organisers and there will be discussions following the showing of videos made by people with disabilities.
The event will coinicide with the open-top bus parade celebrating the achievement of Olympian and gold medalist, Peter Reed, due to arrive at the Subscription Rooms at 12.45pm.