Over 1,000 children from 90 school teams have arrived at the University of Nottingham for the opening ceremony of the 2013 Nottinghamshire School Games.
Paralympic swimmer, Charlotte Henshaw, who won a silver medal at 2012 Paralympic Games, is on hand to offer advice.
The Mansfield-born athlete says the Nottingham School Games will keep the spirit of the Olympics alive.
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Into the evening it will remain dry with the best of the clear spells in the west.
Some evening sunshine, although low cloud will spread from the coast into many areas early in the night.
Mr Parnell, from Sileby in Leicestershire, was celebrating his first wedding anniversary.