KING Edmund Gym Club’s dedicated stars and staff have been acclaimed by several of South Gloucestershire’s leading dignitaries for their sterling work in the community and their domestic and international successes.

The club, which is based at the bustling, state-of-the-art Yate International Gymnastics Centre sited within the town’s leisure centre, attracted more than 1,400 paying spectators to the latest in an annual series of acrogymnastic shows, incorporating five separate displays held over three days.

A 300-seat temporary stand was installed within the centre for the spectacular performances, offering a professional-looking backdrop for the club’s boys and girls of all ages and abilities, some from King Eddies’ satellite centres at Bradley Stoke, Thornbury and Pomphrey Hill, to showcase their considerable skills and dynamism.

New South Gloucestershire Council chairman Cllr Erica Williams attended one of the displays and in a personal letter to the club, wrote: “The show that I attended was a display not only of amazing gymnastics, but that of total commitment and dedication by all the coaches and parents whose children showed amazing discipline but, most of all, pride and enjoyment.

“I wish there were more centres like this throughout South Gloucestershire, to encourage young people to keep fit and become part of an ever-growing family that strives for excellence.”

The club were also pleased to receive a heart-warming commendation from new Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall, who said: “There were some truly world-class performances that demonstrate how much talent there is in our local area. Nikki (head coach Thorne) and the whole team have worked extremely hard to get the club where it is today, which has resulted in Yate being the home to one of the finest gymnastic clubs in the country.”

Mark Crutchley, chief executive of Circadian Trust, which oversees the running of five leisure centres in South Gloucestershire, enthused in his own letter: “The shows were at times sweet and at times breathtaking. The whole thing was impressive, very well organised and showcased the gymnasts’ talents perfectly.”

The accolades surprised and delighted King Edmund GC director and manager Mark Thorne who insisted: “It was a fabulous showcase event and all three days were packed out.

“It takes weeks of planning to stage this type of thing and it involves hundreds of people. It never ceases to amaze me that year on year we continue to produce stunning shows like the ones we enjoyed this year.”