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Olympic Torch's Cornish Route Revealed
2:36pm 7th November 2011
(Updated 2:36pm 7th November 2011)
It is revealed the Olympic torch will visit twenty towns and villages in Cornwall.
It will start its journey at Land's End next May before being carried in a balloon at the Eden Project.
The route will see the Olympic Torch carried through 20 towns and villages in Cornwall on 19 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.
A street-by-street route will be announced next year but you can find an interactive map of the towns and villages that will be involved here.
The Eden Project balloon that will carry the Olympic torch next May
It is predicted the Olympic Torch could be worth at least seven million pounds to Cornwall's economy.
Gaynor Coley is Managing Director of the Eden Project, one of its stop-offs.
She says she is delighted: "To find out that it's coming to Eden and we're going to have the chance to take it up inside the rainforest, in the helium balloon, so we will show that Cornwall may be on the pointy end of England, but it's a truly global place."
Gaynor adds the Torch will shine a spotlight on the Duchy: "Cornwall is going to be a great place to do business and a great place to really herald the spirit that we need as we go forward into these difficult times. Let's use this as a celebration, let's really show that determination and the human spirit can make a difference."
Sebastian Coe, Chair of the organising committee said: ‘We are thrilled to confirm that these 20 towns and villages will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in Cornwall to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK. This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Cornwall to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”
Malcolm Bell, Head of Tourism at Cornwall Development Company said, “May 19 will be the starting pistol for the 2012 games and the world’s media spotlight will be shining on Cornwall. We will be able to showcase what Cornwall has to offer and why it is Britain’s favourite tourist destination.
“This is an amazing honour for Cornwall to celebrate our county, our culture and our ambitions for the future.”
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