Bearsden gets set to welcome the Olympic Torch

Pic Greg Macvean, 22/05/2012, Stuart Bathgate with one of the Olympic Torches

Pic Greg Macvean, 22/05/2012, Stuart Bathgate with one of the Olympic Torches

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EXCITEMENT is building as the Olympic Torch relay heads for Bearsden this weekend.

The torch, which represents peace, unity and friendship, was lit in Greece and arrived in the UK on May 18.

Since then it has travelled from Land’s End in Cornwall through several towns and cities in England, Wales and lastly Scotland, including its journey through Bearsden along Drymen Road on Saturday, June 9.

An epic distance of 8,000 miles will be covered over the 70 days of the relay.

Andy Boyle (21), from Kirkintilloch, has been chosen to carry the flame along Bearsden’s Drymen Road from Canniesburn Road to Stockiemuir Road.

Andy, who is studying to be a doctor, was chosen because he combines his studies with running a football team - Lenzie Football Club - for seven-year-old children.

The other torchbearers in Bearsden are - environmental campaigner Denis Kusenkov (37) from Moscow, Russia, sports enthusiast Thomas Almfort (31) from Frederiksberg, in Copenhagen, guide leader Debbie Crawford (44) from London and tongue cancer survivor Jennifer Tawse (35) from Biggar.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, said: “June 9 will be an exciting day for the people of East Dunbartonshire when the Olympic Torch continues its journey along Drymen Road, Bearsden.

“I hope that there will be many people out to welcome the torch bearers as they continue along the route.

“This is a great opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate this momentous spectacle.”

East Dunbartonshire Council is in the process of getting a plaque made to commemorate the special event. It will be sited on the route - Drymen Road - in the near future.

The torch relay has been organised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). The relay is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, and LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in Scotland to devise the route.

The torch will be on Maryhill Road at 8.14am, Canniesburn Toll until 8.16am and then Drymen Road until 8.34am passing Abbotsford House Care Home, 49 Kildarroch House, Station Road, Roman Road, Campbell Drive, Gartconnel Drive, Stockiemuir Road, and Duntocher Road from 8.38am past Bearsden Academy, Langfaulds and Cameron Square.

To find out more about the Olympic Torch Relay route, see www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay