Jun 8 2012 By Brian McIver
Doreen Bowie, Oympic Flame Image 2
THE Olympic torch arrived in Scotland yesterday to begin its journey across the country.
The flame was carried off the ferry from Northern Ireland at Cairnryan by 62-year-old retired PE teacher Doreen Bowie, who runs a dance school in Stranraer.
It was met by Scotland Office Minister David Mundell and Shona Robison, the Scottish Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport.
Robison said the torch’s arrival was “a chance to put Scotland on the world stage”.
She added: “It will be a tremendous honour for our torchbearers to carry the flame and I look forward to meeting many of those involved.”
The flame will spend seven days in Scotland, being carried by community heroes as far afield as Glasgow, Orkney and Shetland, the Outer Hebrides, Inverness and Edinburgh.
Today, it winds its way from Stranraer, where thousands are expected to see it off just after 6am, to Glasgow.
Runners in Stranraer include soldier Ross McClelland, from Ayr.
The 20-year-old A Company 2 Scots soldier returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan earlier this year.
Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran said: “It is great that the torch is in Scotland and travelling so widely in cities, towns and villages and on the islands.
“It will be a great showcase for Scotland and boost tourism.”
Scottish celebrities running with the torch will include actor James McAvoy, BMX hero Danny MacAskill, golfer Colin Montgomerie, rower Katherine Grainger and Olympic curling gold medal winner Rhona Martin.