Torch visit was “A great day for Stonehaven”

Despite the grey skies and early start, the streets of Stonehaven were full on Tuesday morning as around 12,000 people flocked to see the Olympic torch carried through the town.

The pavements were crammed as friends and families stood waiting to catch a glimpse of the historic torch as it continues its 8000 mile journey around the UK. It reached Stonehaven just before 9am and was then carried by the first of four torchbearers twelve-year-old Fin Bremner from Aberdeen who has recently been selected for the Junior GB Snowboard Team.

The flame was then passed to Portlethen Academy pupil Morven Shaw from Newtonhill. The seventeen-year-old was nominated because of the dedication and determination she has shown towards her sport. She had won gold awards in both Scottish and National rowing championships. After her morning of torch bearing, Morven travelled to Redmyre Primary School to show the children her torch. The former Bank of Scotland “Local Hero” said she was “excited and nervous and had a mix of emotions” when she found out she’d be carrying the torch. Morven, who hopes to study engineering after summer, said her granny has bought her torch for her and she’ll be given it for her 18th birthday.

Wendy Mcgonagal from Broughty Ferry was next to carry the torch before seventy-year-old Pamela Whitely took the flame as it finished its Stonehaven journey and headed to Marykirk.

Loud cheers were being heard along the route from the fully supporting public. One member of the public said: “This is fantastic, everyone out giving their support is just incredible- It is a great day for Stonehaven.”