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Olympic Torch Relay Boosts Trade

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11:19am 21st May 2012
(Updated 11:19am 21st May 2012)

Cornwall's cash tills are ringing after the Olympic Torch relay.

Initial estimates show £1.1 million was spent in Falmouth alone.

Falmouth Business Improvement District Manager Richard Wilcox said:

“Everyone is saying that the 19th May has been Falmouth’s busiest day in a very long time, comparable to days such as Tall Ships in 1998, and for some younger businesses in the town, this will have been the most profitable day they have ever witnessed.  The ongoing set of events created by local organisations and community members provided an impressive longevity meaning people arrived earlier and stayed later"

"The free car parking was a definite draw, allowing people to spend that cash on other items and also ensured they stayed in town for a lengthened period.  People were out until after midnight, enjoying the undeniable Torch buzz, and continually adding to the vital takings of the bars, cafes, restaurants, retail outlets and hotels, for which Falmouth is renowned" 

"Without a doubt Falmouth businesses have certainly felt the ‘glow’ of the Olympic Torch Relay and seen a major strong economic worth.  It’s our job now to ensure we consolidate the success of this for all involved.”

 

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Officials hope in all the flame will bring over five million pounds into the Duchy.

James Berresford heads up Visit England:

"It's brilliant. Cornwall is one of our major brands in England and to have the torch start from here is just such a great sign for the rest of England and it's just the perfect launch for the torch and for tourism"

"It's the best free advert. When you think about it the world is watching this and money couldn't buy it. It will be a great boost to tourism and it will give us all great confidence as we go into the Olympics"

Cornwall Council says its management of the first day of the Olympic Torch Relay has been praised by Olympic organisers and by the world's media.

More than 5,000 people, including hundreds of representatives of international, national, regional and local media, watched as three times Gold medalist, Falmouth's Ben Ainslie lit the first torch at the iconic finger post at Land's End.

"This has been a very special time for everyone in Cornwall," said Cornwall Council Leader Alec Robertson,

"We said from the start that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the very best we have to offer and we certainly achieved our aim"

"I am very proud of Cornwall for coming out and supporting this event in such an incredible way and want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.  In particular I want to thank the people of Cornwall who make sure that we shone on the international stage - from the magnificent civic event hosted by the Chairman of the Council in Truro Cathedral, to the hundreds of sports events which took place on village greens - everyone in Cornwall played their part"

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Well over 100,000 cheering people lined the streets of Cornwall to watch as the Olympic Flame passed through the 21 communities along the route

"There was a fantastic atmosphere across the whole of Cornwall," said Chris Ridgers, the Council's portfolio holder for economy and regeneration.

 "Everywhere you went you saw smiling, happy faces with thousands of people having fun. The communities along the route worked very hard to organise events in their local areas and I would like to congratulate and thank them for helping to make this a real day to remember"


Cornwall's Lead Co-ordinator for the Olympic Torch Relay Sam Groom was part of the multi-agency team on stand-by in the Council's Emergency Management Centre during the day:

"Monitoring live footage from the co-ordination centre meant we were able to see the whole event as it unfolded across Cornwall," she said. "It all looked fantastic, the street decorations, the huge numbers of people and the truly amazing experience for the 120 Torchbearers who carried the flame for Cornwall. It was so wonderful to see after all these months of planning."

11:19am 21st May 2012

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