Olympic torch to tour Carrick

THE ICONIC Olympic torch will visit Carrick towns and communities next year in the last few months before the Games begin.

Eight communities in South Ayrshire were chosen by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to host the flame.

The torch relay will stop off in Ballantrae, Girvan, Turnberry, Maidens, Kirkoswald, Maybole in Carrick before stopping off in Alloway and Ayr.

LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in South Ayrshire to devise the route and Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure was incredibly excited with the news.

She said: “This really puts South Ayrshire on the map and the eyes of the world will be on us as the Olympic Flame Relay makes its way through the beautiful and iconic scenery of South Ayrshire before moving around the rest of the UK, before it lights the fire signifying the start of the 30th Olympic Games in London.

“It really is a one-off chance for local residents in and around the area to come along and witness the fantastic spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay and enter the spirit of the Olympics. I’d encourage everyone in each of our communities to turn out and welcome the Flame.

“The Olympic Flame Relay also gives us a chance to shine the spotlight onto those well deserving and inspirational members of our local communities who have been chosen to run with the Olympic Flame. The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.