Heralding the Torch

Plans are progressing to welcome the Olympic torch relay to Deeside next month.

This is an exciting opportunity for people to see the Olympic Torch as it passes through towns and villages across Deeside, onto a free event in the city centre on the evening of June 11.

The Olympic flame will arrive in the Grampian region at Tomintoul at lunchtime on Monday, June 11. Thereafter it will travel across the Lecht and enter Aberdeenshire at Crathie at around 2.30pm, progress to Ballater at 3.43pm, Dinnet at 4.09pm, Aboyne at 4.19pm, Kincardine O’Neil at 4.48pm, Banchory at 5.09pm and Drumoak at 6.11pm along the A93.

It is scheduled to arrive in Peterculter at 6.24pm before travelling through Bieldside at 6.39pm, Cults at 6.52pm, and passing along Holburn Street and Union Street before arriving at the city’s evening celebrations at the Castlegate at around 8pm.

The relay will offer local residents plenty of opportunities to see the torch in their area, and celebrate and support the local torchbearers who have been given the honour of running with the torch as it passes through Grampian.

There will be tight security around the torch and the accompanying convoy and this is likely to cause significant traffic disruption during its time in the area, both on the Monday evening and the Tuesday morning.

During its time in Grampian, the torch relay is being managed locally by a number of agencies, co-operating under the banner of the Strategic Co-ordinating Group, including Grampian Police, Grampian Fire & Rescue, Scottish Ambulance Service, Moray Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and NHS Grampian.

This group is committed to ensuring that there is good information available for organisations and businesses likely to be affected by the relay, helping people to make plans for managing the likely disruption.

They plan to launch a website as a single source of information for all torch relay activity in Grampian, and will open up a number of social media channels, working with colleagues in the media and hold briefing sessions for businesses and organisations to help them plan for this event.

The route of the torch can be found at: http://www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay