Olympic flame to illuminate Montrose

THE OLYMPIC torch will pass through Hillside and Montrose in June on its historic relay journey around the country, it was revealed this week.

More than 1,000 communities are included on the route which, in Angus, will also include Brechin and Forfar.

And two Montrosians will have the honour of carrying the flame on Tuesday, June 12, the 25th day of its journey around the UK.

Carolyn Pierpont and Ewen Ross will be part of the relay as it passes through Forfar and Coupar Angus respectively.

All of the 7,300 torch-bearers appointed so far have been nominated by friends and family for their community work and achievements.

The flame will pass through Marykirk before heading south to Hillside, where it will be carried through the village on the A937, starting just beyond Houghton Drive, at 9.48am.

It will then start its route through Montrose on Coronation Avenue, near its junction with Newhame Road, at 9.58am. From there it will be carried along North Esk Road into Murray Street and along the High Street before the route turns down Hume Street, finishing on Western Road.

There have been calls for the Olympic flame, the symbol of the sporting movement, to be given a suitably warm welcome as it passes through the area.

Councillor David May said he has approached Angus Council’s education director to ask if local school children will be allowed to turn out and watch the torch’s progress through the Montrose district.

He said: “I only found out the details of it on Monday but have approached the director to ask if school pupils will be able to watch. I’ve no idea yet if anything is being planned locally for that, but I think it’s quite a boost to the town and for sport generally. I’m a supporter of the Olympics and we have some superb Scottish athletes competing so it would be appropriate to show support.

“I haven’t yet been in touch with any of the headteachers to see if they’re planning anything, but maybe it’s time for the community councils etc to look at the possibilities.”

Angus Council is organising a community event at the Myre Park in Forfar on the morning of June 12 when schoolchildren from all Angus schools will take part in a 10,000m challenge event before watching the torch pass.