Olympic inspiration as torch passes through

Claire Mackie captured this image on her mobile phone as the Olympic flame was carried through Hillside.
Claire Mackie captured this image on her mobile phone as the Olympic flame was carried through Hillside.

LOCAL people of all ages in Montrose and the wider district turned out in their hundreds last week to welcome the Olympic torch relay as it passed through the area.

Last Tuesday was the 25th day of the 70-day relay around the UK which saw the torch cross the county border from Aberdeenshire to Angus. Its route brought it through Marykirk to Hillside, where 18-year-old Angus swimmer Joe Lipworth, 17-year-old Alice Booth from Aberdeen and Doug Smith (42), also from Aberdeen, were cheered on as they bore the flame through the village just before 10am.

Torch bearer Toby Veale carries the flame along Northesk Road. Taken by Dorothy Griese.

Torch bearer Toby Veale carries the flame along Northesk Road. Taken by Dorothy Griese.

In Montrose, hundreds of people started to line the route from just after 9am and gave torch bearers Jim Brown from Fettercairn, Conor Gordon from Falkirk, Emma Mitchell and Mark Gauci from Aberdeen, and Toby Veale from Peterculter enthusiastic encouragement as they made their way along Coronation Avenue, North Esk Road, the High Street and Hume Street.

The relay then moved on to Brechin and to Forfar where, as a warm-up to its arrival, 156 pupils from every school in Angus took part in a world-record breaking attempt to beat the men’s 10,000 metre relay time of 27 minutes 1.17 seconds.

Consisting of six pupils from every secondary school and two from every primary school in Angus, the youngsters threw themselves into the attempt with enthusiasm, cheered on by proud parents, grand-parents and friends.

We asked readers to send in their pictures recording the historic event in the district and some of the best are printed here.

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TWO local brothers managed to have their pictures taken with torches at two different points along the relay route. Calum Moir (above) is pictured in Marykirk...

TWO local brothers managed to have their pictures taken with torches at two different points along the relay route. Calum Moir (above) is pictured in Marykirk...

...WHILE older brother Craig is pictured holding one of the torches in Brechin. Their sister Karen submitted the photos.

...WHILE older brother Craig is pictured holding one of the torches in Brechin. Their sister Karen submitted the photos.

Graham McIntosh, from Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, captured the moment the flame was passed on at Victoria Bridge.

Graham McIntosh, from Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, captured the moment the flame was passed on at Victoria Bridge.

Montrose torch bearer Carolyn Pierpont dropped in to her son Aiden's nursery, First Steps, on Tuesday to conduct a 'show and tell' question and answer session about the relay with some of the children.'Staff photo

Montrose torch bearer Carolyn Pierpont dropped in to her son Aiden's nursery, First Steps, on Tuesday to conduct a 'show and tell' question and answer session about the relay with some of the children.'Staff photo