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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 May, 2005, 12:45 GMT 13:45 UK
Dorset postcards back Olympic bid
The cards encourage people to log on to the London bid website

Art students in Dorset have become the latest backers of London's bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Year 12 pupils of Budmouth College, Weymouth, have designed a series of postcards of the area, where sailing events will be held if London wins.

It is hoped thousands of tourists will send the cards, which encourage people to log on to the 2012 bid website, before a winner is revealed on 6 July.

They will be free from tourist information centres across the region.

Art student Lizzie Newland said the Year 12 class was pleased to be involved in the project.

'Unsurpassed benefits'

"Working to a professional brief that supports our home town was an enjoyable, high pressured experience," she said.

Kay Homer, of the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) said a win for London would greatly benefit the Weymouth and Portland area.

"A successful bid for the London 2012 Games will bring unsurpassed economic benefits, will put the region on the world stage and generate substantial numbers of tourists," she said.

The five remaining cities in the running to win the bid are London, Paris, Russia, Madrid and New York.

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