Work is underway to make sure the runway at Land's End Airport can cope with bad weather. The grass airstrip was closed for 3 months in 2012 after it became waterlogged. A tarmac surfacing is being put in its place to avoid any flight cancellations in the future.
The go ahead has finally been given for 9 million pounds worth of improvements to the airports at Land's End and the Isles of Scilly.
Work to hard surface the runway at Land's End and upgrade navigation aids at St.Mary's had been delayed until it was approved by the EU.
The European Commission says the improvements will increase the accessibility to the Cornwall region, a key part of Europe’s transport policy. It's hoped it will also help the Scillies in its bid to tackle a worrying decline in tourism.
Land's End Airport is closed until January 2nd because of a waterlogged airfield.
Skybus flights are being diverted to and from Newquay.
Paralympian Richard Whitehead completed his 40th marathon in Land's End yesterday.
After starting his first marathon in John O'Groats, he ran more than 1500km. He undertook the physical challenge to raise money for Sarcoma UK and Scope.
After running more than 1500km, Paralympian Richard Whitehead is due to complete his 40th and final marathon today, finishing at Land's End.
He set off from Helston earlier today and has described the experience as like "a rollercoaster"
Our presenter Kylie Pentelow interviews Ben Hammond from Wiltshire after he completed his challenge of dancing from John of Groats to Land's End to raise awareness of human rights issues in Burma.
His feat was not without incident....
- 30,000 dance partners along the way
- 3 million dance steps by Ben alone
- 900 miles
- £40,000 raised for charity
- First ever John O'Groats-Lands End dance
35 year-old teacher Ben Hammond finally arrived in Lands End on Saturday 27 July after dancing from John O'Groats.
– Ben Hammond
It’s just brilliant to have finally made it to Land’s End. It’s been a long road getting to this point but with the support of so many volunteers, dancers and donors it’s great that my 3 million dance steps across Britain have helped to raise the £40,000 target I set out to achieve for four important charities. Hopefully this money can go some way to help those in Burma who haven’t had the freedoms that many in the UK have, and the successful completion of the challenge can show what ordinary people can achieve when they set their mind (and feet) to it.
A teacher will finally finish dancing from John O'Groats to Land's End on Saturday.
Ben Hammond took on the rather bizarre challenge to raise awareness of human rights issues in Burma.
It's been quite an adventure for the energetic dancer, and one that very nearly cost him his life, as our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy has been finding out: