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Stonehenge replica gets kids bouncing

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: June 27, 2012

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A LIFE-SIZE inflatable replica of Stonehenge made its only UK tour stop in Carmarthenshire.

Sacrilege — a 100 foot bouncy castle based on the legendary ancient site — visited the National Botanic Garden of Wales this week.

And school children from across Carmarthenshire were lucky enough to be able to have a bounce — with other visitors also getting free entry all day.

The event marked the summer solstice at the gardens, while also being part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Turner-prize winning artist Jeremy Deller created the piece.

"Stonehenge itself is a great monument to British history and heritage," he said.

"I had the idea some time ago and thought it could be quite fun.

"Originally, it was commissioned by the Glasgow International Festival, then the Olympics heard about it and took it on."

He said the reaction to the piece had been great — pointing to the laughter from Carmarthenshire children as his example.

"When you go on it, you feel part of it," he said.

Jeremy had also requested that a local gymnastic team open the day with a display — with Cae Coed from Llanelli indulging him.

"I wanted something a bit spectacular to start it off," he said.

"I thought there was bound to be some great gymnasts around here. I think the public have taken it in the right spirit as well."

Soldiers from the Transport 224 Squadron gave their services during the day, ensuring children behaved and announcing when their time was up.

Garden director Dr Rosie Plummer said the day had been brilliant.

"What a fantastic opportunity for everybody in Wales to be part of and to really connect with the 2012 Festival," she said.

"It's amazing, it's so fun on there, but really tiring."

The Garden was the only Welsh stop on the tour and both primary and secondary schools came along to have a turn.

Six-year-old Rhys Lloyd of Ysgol Cross Hands, said: "I really enjoyed.

"My favourite part was when I was doing front flips on it."

His classmate, Erin Howell, said she would like to go on the castle again.

Teacher Esther Teg added: "We've really enjoyed, the more they were jumping, the more confidence they had.

"It's been fantastic, because even though the games are in London, it's great that they can feel part of them, because London is quite far away to these little ones. We'll also be having an Olympic-themed sports event in the school."

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