Olympics an inspiration to see more of the country

The London 2012 Olympics seems to have generated far greater interest around the country than many people anticipated. There was a high level of community participation in the preparatory events before the actual start of the games. And the successes of Team GB have been greeted with much celebration and national pride.

Indeed, the celebration kicked into high gear with the arrival of the Olympic torch in Britain back in May when the Torch Relay began the epic trek from Land's End towards John O'Groats and eventually back to London. The journey across the length and breadth of the country served to inspire goodwill and a sense of participation. It is estimated that over 13 million lined up on the streets of the UK or turned up at public events to see the torch.

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