Hosting the torch

FORFAR is gearing up to play host to the Olympic Torch when it passes through later this year.

On the 24th day of the country-wide relay the torch will leave Aberdeen and pass through various towns in the Mearns, Angus, Perthshire and Fife on the way to Dundee.

When the torch arrives in Forfar it will be carried down the Brechin Road towards Castle Street before turning right onto the West High Street and onwards out of the town via the Glamis Road.

Once the torch has left Forfar the next stop on the route will be Meigle.

Five people will carry the torch as it makes its way through the town - Carolyn Pierpont (34), Mike Johnston (69), Paul Coxall (48), Trevor Madigan (67) and Steph Dowling (21).

The five are part of the 8,000 strong team of relay-runners who will carry the torch, which reaches UK shores from Greece on May 18.

Representing peace, unity and friendship the torch makes its way around the country in 70 days to kick off the 2012 Olympic Games.

The torch will then remain lit for the duration of the games before being extinguished at the closing ceremony.

Like many communities across the country Forfar will also be hosting an event to celebrate the torch passing through the town.

A council spokeswoman said: “Angus Council is to organise a community event at the Myre Park, Forfar on the morning of June 12, when schoolchildren from throughout Angus will take part in a 10,000 metre challenge event before viewing the torchbearer running through the town.”

Isobel Ross, Forfar Community Council chairwoman, thinks that the passing of the torch can only be a good thing for the town, she said:

“I’m quite pleased that the torch is coming through and I hope people turn out on the day to see it.

“I’m really pleased that Forfar will be involved as I think this is a good thing for any community to be involved in.”