Olympic torch coming to West Fife

Published: 11 Nov 2011 08:4010 comments

THE Olympic torch will be passing through West Fife in the run-up to the London games next summer.

Swimmer Robbie Renwick launches the Bank of Scotland London 2012 Olympic Torch Tour in front of the iconic Forth Bridge.

Swimmer Robbie Renwick launches the Bank of Scotland London 2012 Olympic Torch Tour in front of the iconic Forth Bridge.

On Wednesday 13th June the torch will go through Cairneyhill, Crossford and Dunfermline on its way to Edinburgh for celebrations that night.

The 8000-mile route around the UK was announced this week and it is estimated that 95 per cent of the population will live within a ten-mile radius of the torch.

Fife Provost Frances Melville said, "We can't wait to welcome the Olympic torch to Fife.

"Not only will this event give people a chance to celebrate the countdown to the start of the games it will highlight once again that Fife is a great place to live, work and visit.

"Fife Council is encouraging and supporting Fifers to organise their own ways to celebrate and share the Olympic spirit and will be getting in touch with communities and schools in the new year to find out about their plans."

Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker said, "I think we should make the most of this opportunity to promote our area.

"I would think local people like Andy Young, a former boxer who does so much good work for the community in Blairhall and Davy Fox, the athletics coach, would be good candidates to carry the torch in the villages.

"This could be seen as good preparations ahead of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland in 2014."

Local councillor Gerry McMullan said, "I'm delighted that the torch is coming through the villages then into Dunfermline.

"I'm sure it will be a great occasion and a once in a lifetime thing really. I'm sure people in Cairneyhill and Crossford will make the most of the day.

"It will be a great day to get the youngsters involved."

Lord Sebastian Coe, chair of the London games organisers, said, "We are thrilled to confirm that communities in Fife will act as host locations for the Olympic flame and extend an invitation to people in Fife to welcome the Olympic torch relay during its journey around the UK.

"This is the UK's moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Fife to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers."

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  • davie1
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    Nov 11, 12:47
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    Id rather the cooncil staff were out clearing litter instead.

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  • NEILYJ
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    Nov 11, 14:54
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    Pure mad torch min

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  • NotHappyJan
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    Nov 13, 21:01
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    This really is a joke! What is Provost Melville thinking about making the statement

    "Not only will this event give people a chance to celebrate the countdown to the start of the games it will highlight once again that Fife is a great place to live, work and visit."

    The only media coverage the visit through Fife will get will be limited and wont generate 1 penny of business.

    Its a total waste of money and effort. These are the English games, not the British Olympic Games. I cant help but laugh at the futility of the whole sham!

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  • 376 posts
    Nov 13, 22:55
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    Hurrah for Fife.....and the government it deserves! We are one nation and these are OUR games!

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  • davie1
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    Nov 14, 14:51
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    Lets hope they dont come by the Bogside road! (for the uninitiated its still under repair from last year and not likely to be fit for purpose in the forseeable!)

    Equally the torch bearer better watch out for :-

    A. Potholes.

    B. Road 'humps'.

    c. Massed council workers skiving from the desk.

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  • bicyclebob
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    Nov 15, 13:58
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    triskel will miss it, as he cannot get out the house.

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  • 376 posts
    Nov 15, 15:02
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    Why can't you reply to triskel personally bicyclebob? Why do you have to sneak off to another forum to have your snide dig at him/her?

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  • bicyclebob
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    Nov 15, 15:13
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    her

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  • Blackadder
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    Nov 15, 16:21
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    Are you sure bicyclebob, my money's on Jabba the Hutt.

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  • bicyclebob
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    Nov 15, 16:34
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    blackadder,go with you on jabba,but old jabba is bit too nice looking

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