London 2012: Training begins for 200 Kent Games Greeters

Ruth Keene Dressed in pink, Games Greeters will be a visible point of contact for visitors

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Training has begun for 200 volunteers who will greet the thousands of people expected to pass through Kent's ports and railway stations for London 2012.

Games Greeters will be stationed on ferries and at key railway stations including Ebbsfleet and Ashford.

They will be offering onward travel advice as well as tips on places to visit in the county.

Ruth Keene, a Games Greeter said she believed it was important to give visitors the right impression.

'Warm welcome'

Ms Keene, a language specialist from Canterbury, said: "I think is very important to give overseas visitors a useful, helpful and friendly introduction to all they can see in Kent.

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"There will be people from all over the world and I suspect for quite a few it will be their first experience of Britain, so I'd like to give them a warm welcome despite our sometimes adverse weather conditions."

Visit Kent, is organising the recruitment and two-day training course for the volunteers. More greeters are still needed for the Olympics.

Visit Kent said potential greeters needed to be 18 or over, enjoy meeting people and have a passion for where they live.

Terry Cocks, a Games Greeter who is also hoping to volunteer at the Paralympic event at Brands Hatch, said the idea of greeters brought communities together.

"People helping each other - it's a better spirit and I think Britain needs that to a certain extent at the moment.

"Society is quite insular and people stick very much to themselves and I think this will help promote one [a society] where you care about people - you care about others," he said.

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