Jun 1 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
FINAL preparations are underway as the Stirling area prepares to revel in the spectacle that is the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
On Saturday, June 9, the iconic flame will pass through Crianlarich at around 11.15am along the A82 past the Station Tea Room, the train station and then under the low bridge before heading on to the main street.
The torch will then visit Tyndrum at roughly 11.30am, staying on the A82 and moving in the direction of Lower Station Road before arriving at the Tyndrum Louge Hotel.
Torchbearers will re-enter the local area on Wednesday, June 13, at Clackmannan Road in Alloa just after 9am. The flame will be carried along the A907 through King Street for a period of approximately 15 minutes.
Locals are expected to line the streets when the torch starts its Bridge of Allan leg at Wallace High School. Runners will head along Airthrey Road, passing the entrance to the University of Stirling at approximately 9.50am, and continue along Henderson Street prior to the torch being ferried to Dunblane.
Cathedral city residents will get their first glimpse of the sporting symbol at about 10.15am. Relay participants will carry the flame along Stirling Road and Beech Road before travelling along the entire length of the High Street – passing the library and the Drummond Rise – before rejoining Perth road and heading back in the direction of Stirling, at around 10.30am.
In Stirling itself, the torch will be taken from Albert Place and begin its trip to Clarendon Place at roughly 10.35am. It will be conveyed along Corn Exchange Road five minutes later, before runners move along Spittal Street, passing Allan’s Primary School at about 10.43am.
Hordes of spectators are then expected to converge on Stirling Castle esplanade shortly after 10.45am where there will be a short break for a photo opportunity.
A convoy will then transport the flame from the castle at 11am and the relay will resume at Albert Place at 11.05am, before heading along Dumbarton Road, Port Street and St Ninians Road – passing Stirling Council’s Viewforth HQ at 11.10am – before finishing its journey at the city’s Beechwood Park/Bellfield Road junction at 11.20am.
The torch will then make its way to Cumbernauld and Larbert, respectively.
Central Scotland Police Superintendent Graham Bye said the force were keen to stress the importance of people planning ahead to avoid disruption and be able to enjoy the spectacle.
He said: “We have been working closely with Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk Councils to ensure that the Olympic torch relay passes safely along the route.
“This is a unique event and we anticipate large numbers of people will turn up to see the Olympic torch.
“There will be disruption to traffic and our advice is to plan journeys and to allow extra time for them.
“We encourage those attending the relay to take direction from stewards along the route.”
In total, by the time the relay is complete, 8000 nominated people will have enjoyed a spell in the spotlight as an official torchbearer.
The flame will arrive in London on Saturday, July 21 – the weekend before the Games themselves begin.