Chance for public to view iconic Olympic Torch

Banchory Trampoline coach John Wills, who ran with the Olympic Flame in Crathie, is giving the local community a chance to get their picture taken with the iconic torch.

John said: “As so many people have expressed an interest in seeing, holding and having photographs taken with an Olympic torch, Banchory Trampoline Club would like to offer members of the public an opportunity to do just that.

“On Sunday, June 24, I will be holding a training session for the club’s top competitors, including those who have qualified for the British National Championships.

“This year, we have five qualifiers on double mini trampoline and one on trampoline as an individual and a pair of synchronised trampoline competitors. “The public are welcome to come to Banchory Sports Centre between 4pm and 4.45pm where they will be able to watch a very exciting display from these highly skilled competitors and, if they wish, see/hold the Torch and take photos.

“The club would ask that if people wished to do so, they could make a donation towards club funds in return for this, which we would use towards travel to the British Championships, which are held in Birmingham at the beginning of July.”

Thousands of people lined the streets of Deeside on June 11 to catch a glimpse of the historic torch passing through on its way to London for the start of the Olympics.

Nearly 100 torchbearers carried the Olympic Flame through Grampian in the two-day relay, which stretched from Tomintoul in Moray to Aberdeen and out through Stonehaven.