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Cornwall and Devon proud to host day one of the Olympic Torch relay

Saturday 19th May 2012 presented a moment in history for many of the people of Cornwall.  The Olympic Torch relay began at Land’s End and travelled through Cornwall, passing by Crylla Valley Cottages on the A38 and into Saltash, before crossing the Tamar Bridge into Devon, where it finished the first day of its journey in Plymouth.

Olympic torch relay in saltash cornwallIn our nearby Saltash, over 10,000 excited people lined the streets to welcome the procession.

The torch was held aloft through Saltash by the following local people:

Andrew Ball, 20 years of Saltash – Andrew visited ONWE in KUMASI GHANA for 7 weeks during his gap year and has raised money for the people of the community ever since, including completing the Ironman Challenge in just 13 hours, 43 minutes!

Andy Lloyd, 55 years from Plymouth – Andy has raised over £96,000 for St Lukes Hospice in 7 years! He organises the Edf Energy Plymouth Charity Golf Day, which is in memory of Plymouth employee Chris White.

Kirsten Nosworthy, 32 from Plymouth, is a primary school teacher who encourages children in a deprived area of the City to lead a balanced, healthy lifestyle, and organises several after school clubs ranging from netball to sailing.

Pete Haywood, 66 from East Looe  – Retired Pete is an active trustee of charity Ellie’s Haven, which provides free holidays to families with children suffering long term and life-limiting illnesses.  With his help, the charity has raised over £370,000.  Pete also volunteers as a mentor with Cornwall’s Youth Council Services and is an active sportsman himself.

Poppy Mills, 15 from Plymouth – as a singer, Poppy commits all her spare time to raising money for charities, including St Lukes Hospice, The British Heart Foundation, The Royal Marine Association, The Chesnut Appeal, the Make A Wish Foundation and The Orphans Appeal.

Phew! What an inspirational group of people!

The Olympic Torch continues its journey with torchbearers carrying the Flame through over 1000 cities, towns and villages in the UK, over 70 days.  Let us know if you get to see it where you are!