What will Olympics mean to the Dales?

In just 12 months the London Olympics will have started and we can expect the country to be awash with patriotic red, white and blue.

A couple of weeks later it will all be over and the long debate about the legacy of the historic event will have started.

At the moment it all seems rather remote from the Derbyshire Dales.

The action is all in the capital and there seems to be little evidence of the euphoria surrounding the development of the Olympic site spreading up here.

I haven’t heard anyone say that they have successfully managed to buy a ticket – or that they even tried. Maybe even the cheap tickets combined with the need to get to London and find accommodation was just too much in these tough times.

Huge sums of taxpayers money are being spent on the event and our Government has promised that it will be for the future benefit of us all.

The idea is that the much talked of legacy will mean that more of us are engaged in a variety of sports and encouraged by what we see our sporting superstars doing on the track and field and in the pool.

Fortunately for us here in Matlock we will have our own newly opened sports centre and pool to encourage us further.

I suspect most of us are looking forward to that opening ceremony more than the Olympics themselves.

If you are planning to go to the Olympics in whatever capacity let us know by emailing news@matlockmercury.co.uk.

Amanda Hatfield, editor