Olympic Flame comes to Queensferry and Broxburn

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The Olympic Flame will visit the Journal and Gazette area on Wednesday, June 13, on its route to the London Olympics.

And up to 13 inspirational people from the local area are set to carry the Olympic Flame at total of 800 metres on its route between Falkirk and Edinburgh on that day.

Those involved from Bo’ness includes Craig Hannah, Sarah Muran, Claire Tattersall and Stephen Hogarth. From Linlithgow, those participating include Elizabeth Macleod, Donald Pretsall, Andrew Slack and Sarah Williamson while from Queensferry there is John Beaton, Kai Wong and Joyce Faulkner. Other locally connected torbearers are Frank Armstrong and Calum De Sante Croix.

The Flame will arrive at Hopetoun House on Day 26 of the relay around the UK at 4.30pm, after having set off from Dundee that morning. After passing through St Andrew and Kinross it heads west to Stirling, Cumbernauld, Falkirk, back over the Forth to Crossford and Dunfermline before heading back over the Forth Road Brigde to Hopetoun, Winchburgh and Edinburgh.

At Hopetoun, the Flame will be greeted by more than 500 schoolchildren before the convoy moves on to Broxburn carried by torchbearers wearing white and gold uniforms.

The Earl of Hopetoun said: “We are thrilled that the Olympic Torch is coming to Hopetoun.  The visit will have an equine and eventing theme to tie in with our family Olympian, Lucinda Green, and with the Hopetoun International Horse Trials. The event will be celebrated by up to 500 schoolchildren who will see and take part in Olympic themed activities and demonstrations, including dressage, vintage carriages and pony rides.  We all look forward to helping West Lothian celebrate this day on the world stage.”

Graham Hope, chief executive of West Lothian Council. added: “It is fantastic for West Lothian that the Olympic Torch will visit Hopetoun House and Broxburn on June 13. It’s an historic visit and a chance for people in West Lothian to see the Olympic Torch Relay and join in the fun.”

An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay, providing details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through West Lothian.