Olympic torch comes to Ayrshire

Hundreds of Ayrshire residents and visitors got a close up look at the London 2012 Olympic Torch when it came to Ayr – its only Ayrshire stop – as part of its tour of the country.

Within an hour of the specially designed exhibition truck opening, close to 200 people had already been to see the torch and interest in it remained strong all day.

The tour is also encouraging people to nominate their local heroes – and those chosen will join others carrying the Olympic flame through Britain next year, as part of a 70-day, 8,000 mile relay in the lead up to the opening of the games.

And, in keeping with the London theme, nominations could be made from the back seat of a specially converted London taxi – which featured a video booth!

Visitors also had the chance to meet Ayrshire athlete and Olympic medal hopeful, 17-year-old Caroline George.

Joining Caroline with the torch was South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan, Council leader Bill McIntosh and councillors Margaret Toner and Nan McFarland.

Provost Sloan said: “I was thrilled to welcome the Olympic torch to Ayr and was delighted so many people of all ages and from all walks in life came along to see it, hold it and be photographed with it.

“I’m also especially pleased local people can be nominated to carry the torch as part of next year’s UK relay and I have already used the video taxi to record my own choices. This really is history in the making.”

Pictured right is Provost Winifred Sloan holding the 2012 Olympic torch with Ayrshire athlete Caroline Graham from Belmont Academy.