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GET on your starting blocks to explore the unlikely UK roots of the modern Olympic Games.

In 1850 the small Shropshire village of Much Wenlock hosted its very own ‘Olympian Games’, an event that was an essential inspiration for the modern Olympics, that began 46 years later in Greece.

In a captivatingly comic production, Vamos Theatre present Much Ado About Wenlock – a show about health, sports, a reforming doctor, and a runaway chicken.

Athletics and country sports combine with wheelbarrow races and a competition for a bag of tea as the local community train for, and compete in, this amazing annual event.

The butcher’s wife practises her hammer throws with un-plucked pheasants, the postman uses letters and parcels to perfect his discus, the school children (under the training of the strict school mistress) will do their very best. Indeed, the whole Victorian household is going for gold!

Much Ado About Wenlock will be performed at Ludford Village Hall on Thursday, March 8. Tickets cost £8 and £5 for under 16s, with a £1 reduction if booked in advance from Caroline on 01507 313335.

There will also be a performance in Grasby Village Hall on Saturday, March 10. Call the box office on 01652 628506/628470 for details.

Both performances start at 7.30pm.