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Cornish Olympic Torchbearers Face £200 Bill

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7:21am 2nd April 2012

It is revealed Cornish Torchbearers could end up paying 70p a metre to carry the Olympic flame.

Officials say those who want to buy their torch back will have to fork out £200

They will only have it for around 300 metres in May's relay.

Chris Martin from Mabe has been told by sponsors he will get one:

"It's a fabulous opportunity for anybody to carry the torch. It would be nice to have some sort of memento and if some of us are likely to get a torch and others aren't I think it'll cast a bit of a shadow over the whole event"

"I don't think it's right that some of us will get a torch and other people are going to have to pay for it. £200 is quite a lot of money and there's going to be a lot of people out there who aren't going to be able to afford that in this day and age, with the money that people earn inCornwall"

Organisers LOCOG said:

"It is common practice for Games organisers to offer torches to Torchbearers for purchase. The torches are being sold at £199 to meet some of the costs involved in the production. In today's pricing this represents a lower price than previous Relays"

"We believe that this sale offers good value for a best-of-British designed, engineered and manufactured limited edition product"

"Despite the high design specification of the torch, LOCOG wanted to make sure that torches were affordable for all of the 8,000 Torchbearers. The difference in coast is absorbed by LOCOG to subsidise the cost to Torchbearers"




7:21am 2nd April 2012

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