Witnessing Olympic history in the making

The Olympic torch as it passes through Brechin
The Olympic torch as it passes through Brechin

BRECHINERS flocked to the streets in their hundreds yesterday (Tuesday) to watch history in the making.

The Olympic Torch made its way through Brechin on Tuesday morning as part of its first ever visit to Scotland.

Arriving from Montrose the torch made its way through Brechin before going on to Forfar and various stops in Perthshire and Tayside before finishing for the evening in Dundee.

By 10am the streets of Brechin were crowded with locals all looking to catch a glimpse of the torch itself.

Running in relays the runners started at the industrial park on Montrose Street before travelling along Southesk Street, Panmure Street, Swan Street and finally Castle Street.

Entertainment was provided beforehand by sponsors of the relay and by the time the torch reached town the excitement was palpable.

A choir of youngsters from Brechin also welcomed the torch to the town by performing a number from the musical ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

The biggest crowds gathered on Swan Street with many delighted to witness the spectacle of the Olympic flame.

Pete Bythell and his wife Yvonne were visiting Brechin by chance on the day of the relay and so took the opportunity to see the torch for the second time. Mr Bythell said: “It was amazing, this is the second time we have seen the torch on its route as we have already seen it in Telford so it was great to see it twice.”

For the youngsters taking part in the day by performing for the torch it was certainly a day to remember. Erin Smith who played the part of Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ performance said: “It was amazing, it was so exciting to be there and it was an amazing opportunity to actually take part.”

Fellow performer Catherine Wales added: “It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

After leaving Brechin the torch travelled to Forfar where children from all over Angus were participating in a special event at the town’s Myre.

Around 200 school pupils, representing each school in the region, attempted to break the 10,000 metre world relay record.

Speaking at the record attempt Provost Oswald said: “It is great to see the young people rising to the challenge. It is great that the young people have been involved and hopefully it will encourage them to become involved in sports.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to welcome the Olympic flame to our communities.

“4500 schoolchildren will be out on the route to experience this historic moment. I’m sure that many Angus residents will join them and give a rousing reception to the 20+ inspiring community torchbearers who are carrying the flame through our streets.”

The torch will now continue to travel the country on the way to London and the opening ceremony on Friday, July 27.