Big screen to be unveiled for Market Place

Kettering Market Place
Kettering Market Place

A huge screen for Kettering’s Market Place will be unveiled for a two-day trial later this month.

Kettering Council has organised for a big screen to be put in place in the town on Thursday, August 9, and Friday, August 10, with the aim of showing the Olympics, community events and other shows.

Cllr Steve Bellamy, portfolio holder for community and culture, said: “The big TV screen we are going to use at Market Place will further complement that programme of events we have on offer there this summer, most of which are free of charge.

“Clearly the weather will be an important factor but if it’s a dry day, the prospect of watching the Olympics in public on a big screen is really exciting.”

In June, the council agreed to set aside £50,000 to buy a huge TV for the town’s Market Place, but have chosen to trial it first to gauge its popularity before committing to buying one.

The screen will be about nine square metres in size and will use modern LED technology.

It will be set up to show Olympics events such as athletics, swimming, cycling and beach volleyball, with the exact sports subject to what is broadcast.

The Telegraph understands a camera can also be attached to the TV to zoom into events happening in the Market Place which can then be shown on the big screen.

The council has also said it can hook up games consoles to the device so the audience can play multiplayer on the big screen.

If the idea proves successful, the council will then look into the possibility of making a big screen a regular fixture at future Market Place events.

There will be no charge to watch it and it will be on for the majority of the day.

It was unveiled under a package of measures to revitalise the town centre, and will go hand in hand with flagship events on at the Market Place this summer, including the urban beach volleyball contest which took place on Saturday, July 28.

More than 350 people watched the event, with Kettering Air Cadets scooping first and second prize in the 14 to 16 age group competition.

Flight Lieutenant Guy Slack said: “I am delighted that the cadets got involved in this community event, got into the Olympic spirit and scored so highly. The two trophies are now proudly displayed at the Squadron.”