Jun 11 2012
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THE Olympic Torch has set off on the longest single leg of its journey around the UK, going from the Isle of Lewis to Aberdeen.
The relay kicked off at sunrise in Stornoway, the main town on the island in the Outer Hebrides, where a lone piper played as Commonwealth triple gold medalist Kirsty Wade, 49, carried the torch to Callanish Stones on the coast.
It was then flown back to the mainland and to Inverness Castle where hundreds of people gathered to catch a glimpse of it.
Robert Young, 60, from Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire, carried the flame from the castle. He was nominated as a torchbearer because of the work he does with the British Paralympic ski team and Disability Snowsport UK.
He said: “I’m very honoured and I’m very proud to be doing it. I’m quite humbled by it all to be honest. I’ve got lots of friends, family and work colleagues here who’ve come to cheer me on.
“The nomination was a complete surprise. I didn’t know I was going to be picked, and it was quite a surprise to get the actual letter in the post.”
More than 100 torchbearers will carry the flame through 17 communities across the Highlands and Aberdeenshire, covering 138 miles, ending with an evening celebration in Aberdeen’s Castlegate Square with singer Emeli Sande.
In between, the torch is visiting Balmoral Castle, near Ballater, Aviemore, Carrbridge, Grantown-on-Spey, Tomintoul, Crathie, Dinnet, Aboyne, Kincardine O’Neil, Banchory, Drumoak, Peterculter, Bieldside and Cults.