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11:27am 27th July 2012
(Updated 11:27am 27th July 2012)

Cornwall is officially marking the start of the London 2012 Olympics.

Church bells across the Duchy are joining others across the country and Big Ben in a three minute celebration. Among them are churches in St Keverne, Perranaworthal, Constantine, Fowey, Padstow, St Columb, Veryan, Philleigh, St Wenn, St Merryn, Ladock, Crantock, Advent, Altarnun, South Petherwin, Menheniot and St Germans.

It is as the Olympic torch finally completes its eight thousand mile journey from Land's End to the Olympic stadium. It has been transported in the royal barge, decked with Olympic flags, along the Thames.

Among the rowers is Wadebridge gold medallist Ed Coode. He was part of the coxless fours team from the 2004 games in Athens. He said: "I got involved in sport for very selfish reasons, to be honest. I stuck with rowing to see how good I could be. But you come back from the Olympics and you realise that people have been involved in your story, have watched your race and it is very touching."

Athletes from across the world take part in the £27m pound opening ceremony on Friday night.

Real sheep, Bond, Beckham, beans and the Beatles will feature, as one billion people tune in to watch.

Sue Gosling from Torpoint went to the rehearsal. She said: "They ran through the whole thing leaving certain bits out because something has got to be secret. I'm not allowed to say anything. I'm not giving anything away at all, I'm afraid. It's amazing, it's just buzzing. There was just a real electric atmosphere there."

Cornwall and Plymouth are hoping for medals in cycling, sailing, fencing and diving to name just a few events.

Pirate FM's Local Hero Award winner Helen Glover will be rowing for a medal - four years after taking up the sport.

Three times gold winner Ben Ainslie will be trying to make it four. He learnt to sail on the Carrick Roads and his parents still live near Helford.

Ben told Pirate FM: "It's very different for us as home competitors because in the past we've been away. We've been abroad competing in the Olympics where you're very secluded, living in your own world. But here there's so much more going on. That's the biggest change. It's harder to avoid the distractions."

You can hear the full interview here...

 

And see Ben Ainslie preparing to go for a fourth gold here...

Cornish supporters will be able to take the flag of St Piran with them after Pirate FM overturned an Olympic ban.

Cassie Patten from Cardinham won a bronze medal swimming in Beijing. Her advice to members of Team GB: "They have to keep their head about them. If they start thinking this is the home Olympics and bigging it up thinking, 'this is huge' that is when the nerves will come in."

11:27am 27th July 2012

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