by Janice Gillie
THE route being taken by the Olympic flame runners through Berwickshire has been revealed and basically takes the torch along the A6105 from Gordon, through Greenlaw, Duns, Chirnside and Foulden and onto the England/Scotland border at Mordington.
Come Thursday, June 14, the Olympic Flame will be making its way from Edinburgh to Alnwick, arriving in the Borders just after midday and making its way through Peebles, Selkirk, Galashiels, Earlston, arriving in Berwickshire at Gordon at 2.53pm, and will be carried through the county by 12 torchbearers.
Chief executive of Scottish Borders Council (SBC), Tracey Logan, explained: “I hope the announcement will encourage residents and visitors to the Scottish Borders to celebrate the spirit of the Games by lining the streets on June 14, to welcome and support these inspirational torchbearers who all have their own special stories.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for residents and visitors to the Scottish Borders to catch a glimpse of the iconic Olympic Flame. Congratulations to all who have been selected as torchbearers who, I am sure, will be extremely excited today to have been chosen for such a tremendous honour.”
When the torch reaches Greenlaw at 3.07pm it will follow a route along Edinburgh Road (A697) turning left onto Duns Road (A6105) and once at the village boundary the convoy will take the flame onto Duns. There the first runner will pick it up at 3.29pm at Langtongate taking it as far as Berwickshire High School. Other stages are from the high school to Langtongate; New Road (A6105); Newtown Street (A6105); Currie Street to Bridgend and out to the town boundary where it will go on to Chirnside.
The Chirnside stages are expected to start at 4pm and take in West End up to Crosshill then down to Chirnside Primary School and back onto the A6105 heading for Berwick.
The torch then moves on to Foulden arriving at 4.21pm from the village sign to Woodlands Park then on to the England Scotland border.
John Lamont has welcomed the announcement of the exact routeand said: “I am delighted that so many towns and villages will get the unique opportunity to see the Olympic torch pass through their streets,” “Having the Olympics held in the UK is a once in a lifetime moment and it is great that the Borders is being given a part to play in the flame’s journey.
“While many others will be disappointed to miss out on having the relay run through their town, I would encourage everyone to try and witness this journey at some stage on June 14. This is an opportunity for the Borders to come together and celebrate the spirit and ideals of the Olympic Games and one that should not be missed.
“I am sure that we will have a great turnout on the day and give the relay a true Borders welcome. I can only hope that the sight of the Olympic flame will inspire the next generation of athletes from the Borders.”
An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey to the Olympic Stadium on July 27, for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, at the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
SBC is encouraging communities to get involved and also let them know what they are planning to ensure any plans fit in with the overall torch relay route.
Rob Dickson, SBC’s director of environment and infrastructure, explained: “We are working closely with our partners in the police, NHS and fire services to ensure we have plans in place to get the torch through the Borders safely – while at the same time making sure residents in our communities have the information they require to enjoy and celebrate such a special occasion.”