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2:02pm 10th February 2012

Cornwall reveals plans to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch.

The flame will start its journey from Land's End to London in May.

It is going to visit towns and villages across the Duchy.

Chris Ridgers is in charge of economy and regeneration at Cornwall Council:

"This is a hugely important day for Cornwall and we want everyone to join in the celebrations. Local communities have already come up with some exciting ideas to mark this historic event and we look forward to hearing more details about what will be happening over the coming weeks"
 
"The Olympic and Paralympic Games is the biggest event in the world and now Cornwall will be in the spotlight for both the arrival of the Olympic Flame and the first day of the Torch Relay"

The Flame will be flown to Cornwall from the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on 17 May.   

From Land's End the Olympic Flame will then travel 8,000 miles around the UK.

8,000 Torchbearers will carry it for approximately 300 metres passing the flame from torch to torch until it reaches the Olympic Stadium on the eve of 27 July.

A number of local communities have already announced details of their plans for the big day. These include:

Ashton and Breage - local pub serving Olympic torch breakfasts, event involving local churches and schools, performance by Breage Band  

Helston - demonstration of Cornish wrestling, Phoenix team building challenge team games and community celebration with entertainment and sports demonstrations

Marazion - fun run

Penzance - showcase event for the Olympic themed Golowan festival and civic and community event

Falmouth - display with 40 gigs, mock flame on top of National Maritime Museum Tower and RNAS helicopter fly past, singing from local school children and girl guides, Spots and Stripes sports games, mini Olympic style event,

Truro - celebration of sport, sporting playground with displays and interactive family games, civic event at Truro Cathedral,

Newquay - civic reception, sports events, school triathlon

St Stephen - mini Olympics and art competition for primary children, football/cricket tournament with hog roast, brass band

Trewoon - cream tea, choirs and brass band, members of local sports clubs and community organisations invited to cheer the Torch through the village

St Austell - family event with Spots and Stripes games, face painting, story book reading, Mount Charles Band, live music and dancing and cookery demonstrations led by students from Cornwall College St Austell, opportunity to try Bowls at local club

Eden - formal photo opportunity

Stenalees - events focusing around the Church

Bugle - events focusing around centenary year of West of England Bandsmen's Festival

Lanivet - Rotary coast to coast walk to co-incide with torch arrival

Bodmin - event with specific focus on youth groups and sporting challenges

Liskeard - local schools and sports clubs to take parts in sports events; music and performing arts at the Town Centre Parade area

Saltash - attempt to set world record outdoor Tai Chi; Passport to Sport taster sessions of sporting activities; outdoor music festival at Longstone Park, Saltash Torch Relay around Saltmill Park; invitational football tournament, community BBC/Fun Day at Waterside to include a Toddler Olympics.

Camborne/Pool/Redruth - sporting activities at Carn Brea   
 
Details of the events being planned by the local communities as part of the Olympic Torch Relay throughout Cornwall are available here

2:02pm 10th February 2012

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