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Olympic Torch costs revealed

Ben Ainslie was the first person to carry the torch at Land's End Credit: Yui Mok/LOCOG/Press Association Images

The Olympic Torch cost taxpayers in Cornwall more than £121,000, according to figures obtained by the Press Association. Sailing hero Ben Ainslie was the first person to run with the torch after it arrived at Land's End a year ago today.

Cornwall Council estimates that the event generated an additional £3.7m for the local economy. A spokeswoman said: "This provided a unique opportunity to showcase what Cornwall has to offer to a national audience and, indeed, across Europe and worldwide."

Neighbouring Devon County Council spent just over £10,000 on the relay, while Dorset County Council spent £40,000 - the average figure for local authority spending nationwide.



Olympic journey sets off early on its journey through Dorset

The Olympic Torch will continue its journey through the region this morning. Following last night's celebrations in Weymouth it'll leave Portland Bill just after 7am heading across Dorset, arriving in Bournemouth this evening.

The Olympic torch continues its journey through Dorset today Credit: ITV Westcountry

Local children from the Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts and Combined Cadet Forces will be among those lining the route to cheer on the first torchbearer of the day.

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