Excitement building for torch relay

THERE are only six days to go before Forfar gets its chance to play its own role in the countdown to the 2012 Olympics - when the spectacle of the Olympic torch relay rolls into town.

For the last two weeks the nation has followed the torch’s procession up hill and down dale, and for just over half an hour on Tuesday Forfar will have its chance to shine as it welcomes the relay runners along the route.

Final preparations are being put in place with expected crowds lining the route along Castle Street and up West High Street, whilst local school children will be “going for gold” in the Myre as they attempt to break the 10,000 metre world relay record between 10.15 am to 11.15 am.

The torch arrives in Angus on the 25th day of the 70 day tour - and Angus Council has been planning for this event for some time with other agencies such as the police, NHS, fire, ambulance and neighbouring local authorities in co-operation and conjunction with LOCOG - the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.

On Tuesday the Angus communities of Hillside, Montrose, Brechin and Forfar will have the opportunity to welcome the torch as it makes it way to the Olympic stadium in London for the opening ceremony on Friday, July 27.

Six people have been chosen to carry the torch through Forfar. They are Andy Macleod (19) from Fort William; Colin Hay (38) from Killin; Steph Dowling (21) from Aberdeen; Carolyn Pierpont (34) from Montrose; Paul Coxall (48) from Aberdeen and Trevor Madigan (67) from Aberdeen. The journey through the town will run from 11.29 am to 11.54 before it heads on to Meigle.

Other than areas set aside for schoolchildren no specific viewing areas are being set up. Spectators will be able to see the torch from the street but you are asked to take care and stay on the pavement as the torch passes. Marshalls will be on duty to assist.

Some 40 schools have chosen to welcome the Olympic Torch to Angus. Staff will accompany around 4500 pupils, who will be able to see the torch from designated viewing points, at safe on and off street locations in Hillside, Montrose, Brechin and Forfar.

A further 200 pupils, representing every school in the county will witness the torch being carried in Forfar, after participating in their own Olympic celebratory event at The Myre.

There will be no waiting restrictions between 7am and 2pm, Tuesday 12 June 2012 on sections of the route in Brechin and Forfar as follows: Brechin Rd (east side): junction with Kirriemuir Road - junction with Don Street; Castle St (east side); The Cross (south side); West High St (south side): junction with Castle St - junction with Littlecauseway (west); West High St (north side): junction with Littlecauseway(west) - junction with Dundee Loan; Glamis Rd (south side):junction with Andrew Smyth Gardens westwards to a point 170 metres east of Westfield Loan.

Any vehicles parked in areas where restrictions are in place will be removed by the police. Bus service timetables are unchanged but passengers should be aware that there may be some short delays as the torch and the torch convoy make their way through Angus. The taxi rank in Castle Street in Forfar will not be in operation that morning and there will be no green box or green bin collections on Tuesday in Castle Street, or Westfield Loan.