We too are proud of city with can-do attitude

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Isn’t it amazing just what can be achieved when we put our minds to it?

So often this country is knocked for being a nation of long-winded ditherers too full of hot air to ever get anything done. Anything of importance that is.

And that criticism usually comes from within. Yes, we love a bit of self-flagellation.

But in 2012, to Britons’ utter amazement, we pulled off what was widely considered to be the best-run Olympic Games in history.

This country rolled up its sleeves, wiped the cynical sneers from our faces and showed the world a can-do attitude which even the Americans envied.

So it comes as no surprise to find entrepreneur Sir Keith Mills, the deputy chairman of London 2012, so deeply involved in Portsmouth becoming home to Sir Ben Ainslie’s exciting America’s Cup project.

The competition may stem from Britain but it has never won it – a hoodoo Sir Ben is looking to end in 2017 with his team, Ben Ainslie Racing, in Bermuda.

And there’s another man with a can-do mantra – the most successful sailor in Olympic history who won medals at five consecutive Olympics including gold at the last four.

Little more than a year ago Sir Ben declared he wanted to make Portsmouth his base for that 2017 bid.

Just a few weeks later the city council gave planning permission for the giant headquarters at The Camber, Old Portsmouth.

The cynics sneered saying it would never happen. Portsmouth home to a world-class sporting event? Pah!

But indeed it has happened and in double-quick time too and in time for those America’s Cup qualifiers off Southsea next month.

Today Sir Ben tells The News how delighted he is his vision is reaching fruition.

So are we. It has been a 12-month rollercoaster ride so far for this city, but we’re loving every can-do moment.