The G7 summit in Cornwall is now over and world leaders will now be making their way back home.

Having hosted the Group of Seven Leaders Summit this weekend, Cornwall has seen leaders of the world, their entourages, and the international press all descend upon Cornish towns for a three day spectacle.

While leaders discussed global issues such as the Covid-19 recovery and climate change, towns such as Falmouth and St Ives saw a significant increase in the numbers of both police and protest groups on their streets.

Given that much speculation has been thrown around regarding the potential economic benefits hosting such a summit could bring to Cornwall, The Packet has asked Falmouth residents what their thoughts are about the event, the way it was policed and the potential benefits to Cornwall it could bring.

Chris and Debbie Harris, said they hadn't particularly been to bothered by much of the predicted disruption and that it might have been worth the leaders taking part to stay a bit longer.

Chris said: "We saw a bit on the news, and it sounded like it went okay I think.

"I don't think Boris came over too well with the Europeans, but that's always to be expected.

"But I think he's going to try and stick to his guns and make it better if he can.

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"I know a lot of people have said it's a waste of time and money, but it never is if people can get together and talk.

"I personally don't think it's a waste of time anyway and it's even better if they can get together down in this neck of the woods.

"Although two or three days of talking? I think it could have been a bit longer actually.

"Just to make people feel like they're really going to get into the detail of what's going on.

"At least if they had a good long talk about some of these things, something may come out of it.

"For me, and some of the people I've spoken to about it, it doesn't seem like a lot of time to talk."

Eileen and Peter Birch, who had come down to Falmouth on holiday, said they had noticed the effect of the summit when they couldn't get to where they wanted to go.

Eileen told The Packet: "There were lots of people down on the beach, so that put us off and we had to go somewhere else.

"We would have also gone to the Maritime Museum, but that was closed so we couldn't.

"But all in all we didn't really notice too much, they seemed to be pretty organised around here and they've done their best for everybody.

"We didn't realise it was on, so we probably wouldn't have come to Cornwall if we had known, but we've worked around it.

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Peter also stated that they'd noticed the significantly increased police presence since arriving, saying: "There's definitely a lot more police vans about, they're hard too miss.

Eileen added: "But they're not intrusive as they've come and they've gone, obviously we've been aware of them, but I think we've done okay.

Peter also commented on the protests that have occured over the weekend, saying: "They pinched one of the best beaches, but there we are."

Tony Helse, whose grandfather was responsible for building homes for tin miners in Helston, said he and his wife had manage to avoid most of the disruption by steering clear of the busiest areas.

Tony said: "We've been lucky as we've managed to avoid it by staying along the south coast.

Tony's wife, Marianne, said: "We arrived on Friday and so we've been avoiding most of it.

Tony continued: "We only noticed most of the traffic coming out of Cornwall, there's lots of it coming out, but we were fine on our way in."

The G7 Summit took place on Friday 11 until Sunday 13 and included leaders from the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada as well as guest from India, Australia and South Korea.