Great Olympic torch news for Cornwall!
Cornwall has been chosen as the starting point for the Olympic Torch Relay. The announcement from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) that the Olympic Torch Relay will start from Land's End means that the eyes of the whole world will be on Cornwall on Saturday, 19 May 2012.
"Lands End is renowned as a starting point for memorable journeys and this one - which marks the arrival of the iconic Olympic symbol in the UK and the official countdown to the 2012 Olympic games - is surely set to become one of the most memorable in our history" said Cornwall Council Leader Alec Robertson. "Millions of people already visit Cornwall every year, attracted by the opportunity to learn about our ancient past, with its industrial heritage, at the same time as enjoying our wonderful beaches, gardens and coastal walks, a marvellous array of festivals, arts and cultural events and our restaurants offering the fresh Cornish produce. "The decision to choose Cornwall as the starting point for the 2012 celebrations offers us a wonderful opportunity to showcase the very best we have to offer and it is an opportunity that we will grasp with both hands.
After leaving Land's End, the torch will be carried though a number of towns and villages. The official route through Cornwall has not yet been confirmed and the Council will be working closely with the organisers of the Relay to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to play a part in this historic day.
"This is a time of great opportunities for Cornwall" said Mr Robertson. "We are transforming into a centre for innovative knowledge based businesses, thanks to developments such as superfast broadband, renewable energies, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, the university and medical school.
"Cornwall is unique in offering an ideal 21st century business environment and a quality of life, unmatched elsewhere in the UK. I am extremely proud that we have been chosen to host the start of the Olympic Torch Relay - after all where better could you choose to mark the beginning of these very 21st century games?"
Head of VisitCornwall Malcolm Bell is also delighted that Cornwall will be hosting the start of the Relay. "Cornwall is the number one UK holiday destination, favourite UK Country Escape, St Ives is the top UK seaside town, Porthminster Café is the best restaurant in England and we have the world's best sparkling wine and organic brie."
"Land's End is world renowned as the first and last point in the UK - so it is entirely fitting that Land's End and Cornwall has been chosen to launch the Olympic torch on its relay around Britain."