Arbroath duo could carry Olympic flame

TWO WELL known sports people from Arbroath have been nominated to carry the Olympic flame on the Olympic Torch Relay when it passes through Dundee in June next year.

The flame is travelling the length and breadth of the country and will arrive in London in time for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 27 next year.

And when it passes through Dundee, darts player Alan Soutar and Arbroath and District Athletics Club coach Muriel Blake could be the ones with the honour of carrying it.

Alan is the league and match secretary for Arbroath men’s darts and as the chairperson and secretary of Angus Darts Association, he puts a lot of his time into local and national darts events, actively encouraging 14-to-18-year-olds to take part.  

He qualified for the Lakeside World Championship last year and carries out a lot of charity work for Help for Heroes.

This stems from his time serving in the Paras and Royal Marines but he is now a firefighter with Tayside Fire and Rescue.

Muriel has been a coach at Arbroath and District Athletics Club for 22 years and also works full-time as a teacher at Mearns Academy.

She devotes a lot of her spare time to young athletes and has been a great source of encouragement during her time at the club.