Disabled talent is to be celebrated in Milton Keynes today

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Hidden talents of disabled people from all over Milton Keynes are to be displayed in a three hour celebration around MK Rose on Sunday.

The Picnic in the Park will be The first time city groups have joined forces to mark the national disability awareness day.

There will be displays of live music, singing, dancing, gymnastics, sports and arts and crafts and refreshments – all performed or provided by people who are disabled.

Organiser Maureen McColl from MK Snap said: “I think many people don’t have any idea just how much amazing talent there is out there among our disabled community.

“These are people who play a vital role in our city and have such a lot to contribute.

“We are asking people to come along and see the talent for themselves – it really is mind-blowing.”

The event will centre on the disability pillar on MK Rose.

“We asked for the pillar not just to mark disability in MK but to positively celebrate it,” said Maureen.

Providing even more inspiration at the event are three paralympic champion guest stars, fencer Gabi Down, footballer Alistair Patrick-Hesleton and archery medal winner from the 1980s Valerie Williamson.

The MK Dons tour bus will also be there to encourage would-be footballers.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Haddon Beats from MacIntyre, the MK Snap choir, Warrier drummers and Neon.

The event runs between 12 noon and 3pm. Admission is free and anybody is welcome to bring a picnic and join in.