Mar 19 2012

THE STREETSĀ that the Olympic torch relay will visit in Scotland have been revealed by organisers.

The flame will arrive in Stranraer on June 8 from its tour of Northern Ireland and will be carried on to Glasgow before heading around the rest of the country.

Aberdeen, Dundee, St Andrews, Edinburgh, the Borders, Inverness, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles will also host the torch on its relay.

Exact locations of the relay and proposed start times of when the Olympic flame will travel across the country can be found online at http://www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay

A variety of local people will be torch-bearers following nominations for their community work and achievements.

Emma Baird, 15, will carry the torch through Glasgow. She was a competitive swimmer and footballer until she was diagnosed with having upper femoral epiphysis, which meant her hip had dislocated from the socket, stopping her from playing sport again.

The Bannerman High School pupil said: “What a privilege. This truly is a once in a lifetime experience and I would like to thank everyone for allowing me to take part in this unique event. I can’t wait.”

Evanna Lynas, 16, will also carry the torch in the city. She was nominated for her role in making her school, St Paul’s, become the first in Scotland to be accredited with the certificate in Participative Democracy.

She said: “I am so proud to have been chosen and I appreciate my role in this historical moment. I hope to share the memories of this day with my own children in the future.”

An average of 115 torch-bearers a day will carry the Olympic flame during its 8,000-mile journey around the UK before it arrives in London on July 27 for the opening ceremony.

Each city will host events to mark the arrival of the torch, and Aberdeenshire Council chief executive Colin Mackenzie said the area is “immensely proud”.

He added: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people to get involved at a local level in such a momentous occasion and I am sure that our residents will turn out in force to show their support for the inspirational torchbearers and the event itself.

“Aberdeenshire is sure to provide a stunning backdrop for the Olympic flame and torchbearers to travel through.”

Sebastian Coe, chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life.

“The flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.

“Now the people know the route the Olympic flame will be carried along and the torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it their moment to shine.”

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Scottish News: Glasgow girls reveal delight at being named Olympic torch carriers in city during relay across UK