Jun 10 2012
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Picture: Inga Kemp with the torch
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THE Olympic flame has visited two of the furthest flung points in its Odyssey around the UK.
The torch travelled by land, boat and plane as it visited the Orkney islands and then went on to Shetland
The relay will cover just under 30 ground miles today but will involve three flights.
The flame arrived at Kirkwall Airport this morning, and left for Shetland shortly before 12pm.
Later this afternoon it will fly to Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, where the celebrations will continue.
Inga Kemp, 22, from Orkney, was the first torchbearer today.
She started the relay in front of the medieval St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall- itself known as the light of the north.
The flame left shortly before 12pm heading for the Shetland Islands.
It was followed by a free open air concert hosted by Orkney Islands Council at the Pickaquoy Centre.
Around 90 local children performed a specially-commissioned song marking the visit.
It was written by local musicians Brian Cromarty and Douglas Montgomery, in conjunction with pupils from the county.
Orkney Islands Council leader Steven Heddle, said: “The torch relay has attracted huge interest and generated much celebration all around Britain.
“This is the first time that an Olympic flame has come to Scotland, and to Orkney, and the council has been working hard to ensure that we are able to give the torch relay a warm Orkney welcome – and that the public can enjoy the historic occasion safely and focus on having fun and showcasing our famous hospitality to the world.”
During its visit to Shetland this afternoon, the torch will be taken across Clickimin Loch by boat by Matthew Cox, 42, from Shetland, before making a visit to the town’s community festival, and then leaving by helicopter.
Among the torchbearers there will be Chris Rocks, 24, a fencer from Shetland who in 2010 won the Scottish Open Championship.
During its visit to Shetland, the torch will be taken across Clickimin Loch by boat by Matthew Cox, 42, from Shetland, before making a visit to the town’s community festival, and then leaving by helicopter.
The flame will also be taken to John O’Groats – regarded as the most northern point of mainland Britain, before arriving at Stornoway airport on the Western Isles in the early evening.
The Olympic torch is now more than a third of the way through its journey.
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Editor’s Choice: Olympic Torch reaches Orkney and Shetland as relay takes three flights