The Olympic Torch is to pass through Queensferry on its way to London 2012.
It was confirmed earlier this week the torch will be carried across the Forth Road Bridge before heading for a scheduled stop at Hopetoun House on Wednesday, June 13.
The Olympic Torch will cover an 8000 mile route around the UK and over 95 per cent of the population will be within 10 miles of the Flame. The 70-day relay will pass through 1018 villages, towns and cities but street by street details will not be confirmed until next year.
With the event still seven months off, Torch hosts Hopetoun House was still unclear this week as to what is to be expected on the day.
Despite attempts to contact London 2012 officials, a spokeswoman for Hopetoun House said: “We have not been kept in the loop as to what our role will be as yet but we are keeping that date free in our diary.”
George Grubb, Edinburgh’s Lord Provost welcomed the news, saying: “I never managed to become an Olympic athlete, but I did become a Scottish Schools’ champion and a Scottish Junior champion! In the Army I ran against Olympic athletes and enjoyed the experience.
“The Torch is coming to Queensferry, and it will be great to see it, for the flame is the symbol of the greatest sporting event in the world. Athletes from every nation will compete against one another for medals. Even if they don’t win, competing is such a great experience and one thing they will never forget.
“So when the Torch comes to the Ferry, let’s cheer it on its way and by doing so we will become part of the greatest sporting event in the world!”
London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said this week: “By working closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each nation and region to devise the route, I’m delighted to say that we have realised our aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour’s journey of 95 per cent of the population.
“My hope is that many thousands of people welcome the Olympic Flame along the route each day to celebrate the achievements of the torchbearers in parks, squares and streets right around the UK.”
*The Flame arrives in the UK from Greece on May 18. Over two months it will be carried by 8000 people.