Olympic f lame will not light up town

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THE OLYMPIC Torch will not light up Arbroath in the lead up to London 2012 with the flame procession having snubbed the area.

On Monday, the exact route of the torch was announced with both Arbroath and Carnoustie overlooked, despite other Angus towns including Montrose, Brechin and Forfar getting their chance to see the Olympic symbol.

Organisers say that the torch will come within 10 miles of 95 per cent of the whole UK population leaving the local area in the unlucky five per cent.

This is despite Arbroath boasting cultural landmarks such as Arbroath Abbey and Carnoustie being home to one of the most famous golf courses in the world.

And even local torchbearers, including Lindsay Rennie and Ian Bishop from Arbroath and Andy Coogan from Carnoustie, are having to complete their part of the torch parade outwith their home towns.

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey had previously written a letter to the chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, Lord Sebastian Coe, asking him to reconsider the route so Arbroath and Carnoustie were included.

But Lord Coe refused to change the route and said in a letter to Mr Dey that he understood the disappointment that the flame was not stopping in any towns in his Angus South constituency.

And after it was confirmed on Monday the torch procession was not coming anywhere near Arbroath or Carnoustie, the MSP said: “I was deeply disappointed with the response of Sebastian Coe to my appeal to reconsider the decision not to have the Olympic torch relay visit Arbroath.

“In 2014, however, Scotland of course hosts the Commonwealth Games, and I intend pressing the case of the Games’ baton relay to take in Angus South.”

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