Torch set to pass through Forfar area

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OLYMPIC fever will reach Forfar next year when the Olympic torch passes through the town en route to London - and one local teacher could have the honour of carrying it.

To mark the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, the flame will make a 70-day journey around the country, passing through Hillside, Montrose, Brechin and Forfar on Tuesday, June 12. It will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers, with Langlands Primary school-teacher Louise Parker in line for the top spot.

Thanks to Samsung, an official presenting partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, a handful of local heroes who have gone the extra mile will have the chance to carry the Olympic Flame. Louise (35), is in with a chance after being nominated by her nine year old pupil Logan.

Logan said: “Louise has been a great teacher to me for nearly two years and is a very caring person. I had an operation last year to have a pacemaker fitted and when I went back to school she really looked after me making sure I was not getting bumped into and calling home to let my mum know I was doing okay. She has inspired me to work hard at school because I want to be a teacher when I grow up. She spends her own time and money making sure her class is the happiest and best in Langlands, cooking cakes and having open nights for parents to come in and see our class. She is also a keen volunteer in the local community having been involved in scouting for 16 years, from the beavers up to the explorers.”

Louise commented; “It’s fantastic news that the torch will be coming through Forfar next year and to say that I was the one that carried it would be an absolute dream!”

The final 8,000 Olympic Torchbearers will be announced early next year.

The Olympic Flame arrives at the Olympic Stadium for the lighting of the cauldron to signify the start of the 2012 games on July 27

Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville said: “We are delighted that the Olympic Flame will pass through Angus on its route to the Olympic Stadium in London, and hope that many people will take the opportunity to witness this historic event.”