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Olympic Torch Role for Culdrose

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5:28am 2nd February 2012
(Updated 5:28am 2nd February 2012)

A thousand people will be invited to watch the Olympic torch touch down in Britain at RNAS Culdrose.

It will arrive in Cornwall on 18th of May before the relay begins at Land's End the next day.

Local people are among those who will get tickets to see it happen. It will land aboard a gold-liveried plane, flight number BA2012.

Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond said, "I am delighted that Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose will be the first to welcome the Olympic Flame into the UK. It is a fantastic opportunity for the Armed Forces to be involved in such a unique event, and one they can take pride in for years to come."

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt said, "When BA2012 touches down in Cornwall carrying the Olympic torch it will be a hugely exciting moment. This kicks off our incredible Torch Relay right around the country and I'm sure the torch will spread 'Olympic fever' everywhere it goes."

Captain Willie Entwisle, Commanding Officer of Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, said: "We are honoured that the Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK by landing at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose. Our personnel, many of whom are currently supporting the Royal Navy on operations across the globe, are very excited that the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games will start here. We are delighted to be playing such an important part in this once-in-a-lifetime event."

The relay route will see the Olympic Torch carried through 20 towns and villages in Cornwall on 19th May. 

Starting in Land’s End, it will then travel though Sennen, Newlyn, Penzance, Marazion, Rosudgeon, Ashton, Breage, Helston, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay, St Stephen, St Austell, Stenalees, Bugle, Lanivet, Bodmin, Liskeard and Saltash before crossing into Devon on the Tamar Bridge at the end of the day.

Along the route iconic landmarks, such as St Michael’s Mount and The Eden Project, have been chosen by organisers as a focus for photo opportunities for the world’s media.

5:28am 2nd February 2012

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