South Ayrshire is dressed to impress

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South Ayrshire’s streets have been dressed to impress in a bid to welcome the Olympic Torch when it makes its historic journey through our towns and villages on Friday 8 June and you are formally invited to take part!

The streets of South Ayrshire’s communities have been given a triumphant makeover and are now lined with miles of colourful bunting, marking the Olympic Torch’s journey as it continues its 70-day relay around the UK.

The world’s gaze will fall on Ballantrae at 7.06am on 8 June when the Olympic Torch arrives in South Ayrshire for the very first time. Our local communities are ready to welcome the Torch with open arms – shop windows have been decorated, school children have created Olympic posters and flags to wave as the Torch Relay passes by, lamp posts have been strung with streams of bunting and many residents have decorated the outside of their homes with a spectacle of flourishing flags.

A team of 38 Olympic Torchbearers will relay the Torch through Ballantrae, on to Girvan, Turnberry, Maidens, Kirkoswald, past Carrick Academy as it enters Maybole, then on to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum at Alloway and in to Ayr, where it will be paraded down the High Street before continuing along New Bridge Street, King Street and along Whitletts Road.

Thousands of schoolchildren will be coming out to line the streets and to help make sure they are kept safe, key pupil viewing points have been identified along the route. These will be identified by cones and signage and should be avoided by members of the public when choosing a Torch viewing spot.

In Alloway and Ayr, recommended public viewing points have also been identified: Alloway – along the right-hand side of the route. Ayr – along High Street and the right-hand side of the New Bridge.

Delays are expected throughout the route although road closures and parking restrictions will affect the following roads in particular: B7044 Mains Road, Ballantrae. The Avenue, Montgomerie Street and Hamilton Street, Girvan. Blawearie Road, Kirkoswald. St Cuthbert’s Street, Barns Road, Culzean Road, Barns Terrace, Maybole. Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway and Killoch Place, Alloway Street, High Street, Pavilion Road, Bath Place, Ayr.

To make sure you have a fantastic Olympic Torch experience, follow our top tips for Torch spectators:

o Make sure you know the Torch route and think about where you want to be positioned, remembering that, in Alloway and Ayr in particular, there are recommended public viewing points.

o Plan your journey and allow plenty of time to travel.

o Check the local weather forecast on the day of the Relay and come prepared – whether that means big brollies or sun-cream and hats!

o Choose a sensible and safe location and don’t put yourself or others at risk.

o Be considerate when standing near personal property and be mindful of residents and businesses who may require access to their property while you’re waiting on the Torch Relay.

o Keep children close by at all times and make sure they know what to do if they get lost – contact a steward or a police officer. Have a way of keeping in touch with friends and family in case you get separated in the crowds.

o Keep dogs on a lead at all times.

o Don’t get too close to or obstruct the convoy or Torchbearers.

o Keep in touch with local radio and follow us on Twitter (@southayrshire) to keep up with any last minute announcements.

o Make lots of noise as the Torch Relay goes past and help ensure South Ayrshire has its moment to shine.

o Capture your Olympic Torch relay moment on your camera and mobile phone.

o Upload your photos so we can share them with the world: www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/olympictorchrelay.

The Olympic Torch Relay will be an impressive sight and sound as it passes along our colourful streets, breathtaking coastline and stunning countryside, so come out, join us and line the streets.