Monday, 7 November 2011

Olympic torch route through Cornwall announced

The official news of the route of the Olympic torch relay has just been announced. We already knew the very good news that the torch would begin its UK journey on May 19th at Land's End and finish the day in Plymouth. Now we know that the route will take in Sennen, Newlyn, Penzance, Marazion, Rosudgeon, Ashton, Breage, Helston, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay, St Stephen, St Austell, Stenalees, Bugle, Lanivet, Bodmin, Liskeard and Saltash.

On the way the torch will stop for some pretty iconic photo opportunities at St Michael's Mount and the Eden Project.

Of course I'm disappointed that the torch will pass through just a couple of North Cornwall communities and there does seem to be a pretty circuitous route in Mid and West Cornwall that doesn't exist in the East. It would have been good to see it visit the historic capital of Cornwall and be taken to the top of Launceston Castle.

The aim of the organisers is that 95% of the UK population should live within an hour of some point the route. In Cornwall it looks like virtually that number will do so - if not a few more. The task for the organisers now (and the council given the extra money they have thrown at this day) is to make sure that they do everything possible to ensure that everyone who wants to see the torch procession in person can do so rather than just having to watch it on TV.

Apparently there will be a map of the route here, but this is not working at the time of writing.

1 comment:

Foss said...

For many people, this will be the only chance they'll ever have of seeing the olympic torch in the flesh (flame). I hope extra public transport will be available for those in North Cornwall who can't make their own way to Liskeard/Bodmin to see it.