Rugby League World Cup 2013 – Bristol's pre-match entertainment programme revealed

Bristol is ready to show off its cultural credentials when the eyes of the world will focus on the Memorial Stadium for Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013) on Wednesday, October 30.

A busy programme of pre-match entertainment has been planned, which features over 1,000 local people – including nearly 600 school children, college students and young people from Bristol and South Gloucestershire schools.

The programme includes: mass dancing; singing with the Gurt Lush Choir; a stadium parade; live music with Bristol Samba; cheerleaders; Guard of Honour from Swindon St George Wheelchair team and the Lord Mayor’s official Mace Escort for the Rugby League World Cup trophy.

The Cook Islands Maori Dance troupe will also make a guest appearance as part of the pre-match entertainment.

“Spectators can be sure of getting a stunning west country pre-match opening event,” says Stephen Wray, partnerships director at Bristol City Council. “We have a colourful programme that reflects the city’s and the region’s renowned creativity, spirit and energy. This is our chance to come together and celebrate Rugby League World Cup 2013 with our own unique style. I’m confident our exciting programme will be the perfect lead up to the Cook Islands vs USA match.”

Katy Noakes, regional co-ordinator for the RLWC2013 national dance programme, added: “We are thrilled to be part of this once-in-a-life-time, world cup event and are gearing up for a night to remember. The dancers have been working together for five weeks and can’t wait to perform to the crowd.  They will be fresh from taking part in the performance at the RLWC 2013 Opening Ceremony, fully fired up and ready to rally the crowds. We’re all looking forward to seeing all the thrills and spills of the match, which promises to be a hotly contested game.”

Sam Burns of The Gurt Lush Choir, commented: “Bristol is definitely the most harmonious city in the country. We, The Gurt Lush Choir, are indescribably proud to offer our voices as representatives of the UK’s first city of song.

“I’m sure the visiting sportsmen will remember the welcome that Bristol will give them. And I know the pre-match entertainment programme will help to ignite all the passion that will run onto the field of play!”

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