Lord Coe Visit to Portland
11:50am 18th July 2013
Portland has welcomed a special visitor to check out the island as we approach the one year anniversary of the Olympics.
Lord Coe is in town to learn about post games legacy projects outside of London.
The politician and former track star is visiting the Lorton Valley Nature Park, Olympic Rings at Portland Heights and will meet disabled sailors at the Marina, before officially opening the Chesil Beach Centre, with a plaque unveiling.
His previous visits have largely been focused on sport. This time around it's all about sustainable environment projects and enhancing physical and healthy legacy projects in the local area.
Although the Chesil Centre Building was completed in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, full fitting out with the new interpretation was only finished in May 2013. Following an expansion facilities now include a new educational room, cafe and boardwalk from the centre to the beach.
The Borough Council owns the centre in partnership with the Dorset Wildlife Trust who manages the hub with a band of volunteers.
Fine Foundation Chesil Centre © Marc Smith