Olympic flame snub

ARBROATH and Carnoustie are set to be snubbed by the Olympic flame on its tour of the UK next year before the 2012 London Olympic games.

Last week Olympic organisers announced the route of the flame and torch, which they claim will come within 10 miles of 95 per cent of the UK population.

Coming from the north the torch is set to stop off in Montrose, Brechin and Forfar, before heading to Meigle in Perthshire, meaning it will totally miss out Arbroath and Carnoustie by more than 10 miles.

And now Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has written to the chairman of the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee, Lord Sebastian Coe, to ask if they would reconsider re-routing the torch procession to add Arbroath and Glamis, the birthplace of the Queen Mother, as stop-off points.

Mr Dey explained: “I am pleased to see that the route will stop in Montrose, Brechin and Forfar, however at present there are no plans for it to pause in Angus South, which is a great shame given the famous landmarks we have.

“I appreciate the challenge which faces the organising committee in ensuring that as many towns are visited by the flame, however there is one part of my constituency which I thought would have been a logical stopping point – Arbroath Abbey.

“As the venue of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, a document which noted Scotland’s independence as a nation, and one of the most iconic and historic buildings to remain in the country, it would have been a fitting choice in this torch relay for a competition of nations.”

The Olympic flame will pass through Montrose, Brechin and Forfar on Tuesday, June 12, with the day ending in a night time celebration in Dundee.

Around 8,000 people from across the country will carry the flame on its journey before the start of the London games on July 27, 2012.