800 gather to mark opening of Games

LIVE SCREENING: The scene in Martin Park, Kirriemuir on Friday evening, when some 800 people attended the live screening of the official opening of the 21012 London Olympics.

LIVE SCREENING: The scene in Martin Park, Kirriemuir on Friday evening, when some 800 people attended the live screening of the official opening of the 21012 London Olympics.

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Over 800 people attended the live screening of the 2012 Olympic Games in Kirriemuir on Friday Night.

Angus Depute Provost Alex King was joined by 19-year-old David Anderson in lighting Kirriemuir’s very own Olympic Torch at the special event staged in Martin Park, Kirriemuir, by Strathmore Christian Fellowship.

David Anderson was also kind enough to let old and young hold the torch and have their picture taken with it.

Members of Forfar Pipe Band started off the proceedings as everyone entering the park began to collect their free beefburger and drink.

DD8 Music had organised two well-known local bands, Sonnet 65 and We Are The Support Act, to play throughout the evening.

Kirriemuir Golf Club and Kirriemuir Youth Football Club carried out sports sessions with youngsters and there were also games to keep the young children entertained.

Dundee Skate Park contributed to the success of the evening, by providing young skateboarders to demonstrate at the skate park in Martin Park.

The Olympic Opening Ceremony began at 9 pm and people settled down in their picnic chairs to watch.

The sun shone, the rain stayed away and a good time was had by all!

This was the first of two free community events organised by Strathmore Christian Fellowship to celebrate the Olympic Games.

The second is a family fun day Saturday, August 11.