The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 26 August 2011

Olympic Torch tour comes to Ayr

Ayrshire residents will have a chance to get a sneak peek of the London 2012 Olympic Torch next week when it pays a visit to Ayr – its only Ayrshire stop – on the Olympic Torch Tour.

The Torch will be in Burns Statue Square in the town between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 1 September as part of the nationwide roadshow which takes place over the 70 days leading up to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games on 27 July.

During the relay next year, 8,000 torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame across the UK. The detailed route will be announced later in the year and the aim of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is that 95% of the population will be within a maximum one hour journey time of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

To support this event, the Olympic Torch Tour is designed to encourage people to nominate that special someone to carry the flame before the nomination deadline of 12 September 2011.

While the Olympic Torch is in Ayr on 1 September, local people and visitors will have the chance to see the torch and take their photo with it and meet potential Olympic athlete Caroline George (17) – a pupil at Belmont Academy.

They will also have the opportunity to find out how to nominate someone to be an Olympic Torchbearer and make a nomination video in the special taxi video booth to explain who they have nominated and why (for those who have submitted nominations before going along on the day).

Caroline George said: “It’s a real honour for me to be involved the day the Bank of Scotland London 2012 Olympic Torch Tour visits my home town. As an aspiring Olympian, it doesn’t get much bigger than this and I’d encourage everybody to nominate someone they feel has made a difference in their community to carry the flame.”

Joining Caroline with the torch will be South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan, Council Leader Councillor Bill McIntosh and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, Councillor Margaret Toner.

Provost Sloan said: “There are lots of potential Torchbearers throughout South Ayrshire who make a difference to their local community and inspire others and I would encourage everyone to think about the ordinary people they know who do extraordinary things and to nominate them right away. This is your – and their – chance to be a part of history and I hope to see lots of people taking the time to visit the Torch Tour at Burns Statue Square on 1 September.”

Councillors McIntosh and Toner added: “Not only will it be great to see the Olympic Torch in Ayr – it will be a real thrill to see Caroline standing beside it as a terrific example of the young talented athletes we have in this area. And who knows, this time next year she may well be back holding an Olympic medal!

“The Torch Tour and next year’s Torch Relay are fantastic opportunities for local people to get up close and personal with the 2012 Olympics and we hope to see lots of people coming along to support these terrific events.”

Olympic Torchbearer nominations can be made online until 11.59pm on Monday 12 September at All nominees must be at least 12 years old at the time of nomination.

South Ayrshire Council is part of ‘Team Scotland’ – a partnership between Creative Scotland, EventScotland, local authorities and the Scottish Government supporting LOCOG in the delivery of the Scottish leg of the London 2012 Olympic Games Torch Relay.

The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday 18 May 2012 and the 70-day Torch relay gets underway from Land’s End in Cornwall the following morning. It will travel 8,000 miles across the UK before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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