Olympic flay flies in Devon

PUBLISHED: 03:21 24 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 15 June 2010

DEVON is joining counties across the UK by flying the official Olympic Flag this weekend to mark the start of the run up to the 2012 London Games.

DEVON is joining counties across the UK by flying the official Olympic Flag this weekend to mark the start of the run up to the 2012 London Games. Devon County Council Leader Brian Greenslade will be raising the flag for the first time at County Hall in Exeter this weekend. The official Olympic handover ceremony takes place in Beijing on Sunday 24 August. Councillor Greenslade said: "In raising our Olympic Flag we will be lending Devon's name to the worldwide celebrations. Devon has rich Olympic connections - past, present and future."Back at the 1900 Paris Games, the Devon Wanderers cricket team represented the UK and won the Olympic title. In fact we still remain Olympic cricket champions 108 years on as cricket has not been an Olympic sport since!"We have been thrilled to see the efforts of Devon sportswomen and men in this year's Beijing Games. And I look forward to watching the progress of up and coming Devon athletes as they prepare for the 2012 London Games."The County Council is already supporting the work of Team Devon, a partnership of bodies from across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay which is responding to the future opportunities presented by the 2012 Olympics. Team Devon comprises representatives from business, tourism, sport, culture and communities. As well as the County Council and other local authorities, its members include the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, Destination Devon Ltd., Active Devon, the Devon Community Foundation, the Community Council of Devon, the Primary Care Trust, private sector companies, the Marines, and Devon and Cornwall Police.

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