The organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games are hoping that today’s announcement of the torch relay route will finally persuade all parts of the United Kingdom that the games don’t just belong to their host city.
It seems to be doing the trick. The torch will visit all 22 council areas in Wales and the news has been enthusiastically greeted by local politicians, even the two Plaid Cymru council leaders, although their party has been very critical of the Treasury’s stance that spending on the Olympics is expenditure on behalf of the UK as a whole.
In Plaid Cymru controlled Caerphilly, they didn’t even wait for the torch’s arrival, with a special celebration at the castle this morning. Gwynedd will also host several stages of the relay. Its Plaid Cymru leader, Cllr Dyfed Edwards also speaks on tourism for Welsh local government as a whole:
‘Having the Olympic Torch Relay pass through every local authority area in Wales is a great start to the Olympic Games 2012. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for communities and individuals to share in the Olympic spirit and get together to mark the countdown to the start of the games’ he said.
‘Organising the celebrations to welcome the torch will be no small task for councils and will involve liaising with schools, sports clubs, businesses and the emergency services to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible. But it’s work councils are happy to take on to bring their communities together for this exciting occasion.’
All of which means it’s a shame that the official map of the relay route uses several archaic anglicisations of place names in Gwynedd, including Carnarvon, Conway, Nevin, Brynkir and Dolgelley!