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.

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