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Weymouth and Portland to be decorated with flags during Olympics

A major grant from the Government’s Olympic fund has allowed Weymouth and Portland to display flags, bunting and banners during the Olympics next year.

Hundreds of flags will be flying from the Dorset town’s seafronts during the game. The town had been given special priority for the decorations as they are hosting the sailing events of the games.

Simon Williams, head of the Weymouth and Portland regeneration group, announced the details of the Olympic decorations in a presentation of the sailing events to the Weymouth Civic Society.

Mr Williams is anticipating the number of summer visitors to the town will double in 2012 to 60,000 holiday makers. He said local businesses were already planning for the huge increase, and that extra trains and five park and rides were already being planned to handle the increase.

Other plans around the town for the games include more buses, waste collection services, and temporary toilets in certain locations.

The Arts Council, English Heritage, and other groups have already contributed £2.5 million to a fund that will be spent on upgrading the Weymouth seafront. On the beach a live screen and stage will be set up to relay the events out of the water. A recruitment drive will shortly be announced for 750 volunteers from the local area to help staff the event.

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