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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 April, 2005, 18:23 GMT 19:23 UK
Town gets behind 2012 Olympic bid
Portland Sailing Academy
Portland National Sailing Academy would be a venue for the Olympics
A Dorset town is holding a day of special activities on Wednesday in support of the London 2012 Olympic bid.

Double Olympic gold medallist Rodney Pattison, who is from Poole, will be at the town's Dolphin Centre encouraging locals to sign a giant Olympic flag.

Poole Tourism bosses are hoping for 2,012 signatures in support of the bid.

London is one of five candidate cities and, if selected, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy will be the venue for the sailing events.

Rodney Pattison won Olympic gold in sailing in 1968 and 1972, and silver in 1976.

He will be joined for the flag signing at 1100 BST by Karen Legg, 26, from Poole, who came fifth in the freestyle swimming event at the Sydney Olympics.

In the evening, the flag will be paraded around the Poole Pirates speedway stadium before a special race, set to start at 2012 BST.

Bruce Grant-Braham, chairman of Poole Tourism Partnership, said: "Don't rule London out.

"Paris may be favourites right now but it would not be the first time that the second favourite has come through with a late winning challenge.

"Weymouth and Portland's success is Poole's success and the training camps and media circus that build towards the Olympic Games would give huge opportunities for local businesses and for local people to enjoy."

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