Olympic torch travels across Linlithgow area

THE Olympics would not be complete without the flame that burns for the length of the Games.

And Linlithgow is no exception with a specially designed torch for its 2012 sporting extravaganza that all local primary schools and Academy pupils will compete in.

020312 winchburgh ps start the olympic torch relay.

020312 winchburgh ps start the olympic torch relay.

The torch began its journey at Winchburgh Primary, representing France, and is now blazing a trail around all the schools taking part in the Games.

Linlithgow Olympics mastermind and PE specialist Lesley Malone said: “It was an absolutely amazing morning and a wonderful experience.

“Gavin Ballantine from Ballantine Foundry and Son handed over the torch they kindly designed and made for us. Geoff Crow from Edinburgh Fireworks Store arrived off a plane from China only two hours before, and still managed to be there with a Flame Beaux (beacon) for free, which was lit at Winchburgh Primary.”

The torch was lit from the beacon and handed to headteacher Frances Rosevear. The whole school then followed local piper Ross Miller out of Winchburgh, and on the 3.1 mile walk to Bridgend. Bridgend Primary’s steel band played the torch in where it was officially handed over to Bridgend headteacher Helen Rarity. This week, the torch left Bridgend, representing Jamaica, and headed over the hills to Torphichen.

120312 Bridgend ps pupils carry torch to torphicen ps.

120312 Bridgend ps pupils carry torch to torphicen ps.