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19 March 2012

Olympic torch relay route through Cornwall mapped out

The Olympic torch relay route through Cornwall has been revealed.

Beginning at Land’s End on 19 May, the torch will travel through the county, passing through the likes of Truro, Penzance, Falmouth, St Austell and Liskeard, before arriving in Plymouth.

A stand-out part of the procession through the county will be when the torch climbs aboard a helium balloon and floats across Eden project’s rainforest biome. 

Among the thousands of torchbearers chosen for the relay is coastguard Dave Jackson, who was nominated by his bosses for more than 40 years of service and his role in trying to rescue people during the 1981 Union Star and Penlee lifeboat disaster.

He said: “First of all, I thought 'it's a wind up'. You don't expect that sort of thing, do you? If it's hot and sunny, it'll be brilliant. Brilliant for Land's End, Sennen and for Cornwall. It's a great honour to be nominated. I'm born and bred in Cornwall and you can't beat it."

Should you be staying in any luxury accommodation in Cornwall this May, be sure to get out and experience the unique magic of the Olympic torch relay.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Jon Candy

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