Olympic Torch along the Clyde

11 Jun 2012

As the Scottish leg of the Olympic Torch Relay got going, the torch arrived in George Square on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning the torch left the Clyde at The Tall Ship and Riverside Museum, heading for Clydebank and Dumbarton.

The first day of the Olympic Torch's journey around Scotland culminated with the flame arriving in Glasgow. On Friday afternoon, the flame called at Rutherglen and Giffnock, on the outskirts of Glasgow, before being carried into the city and then finishing its journey for the day at a special free concert in George Square, headlined by rising Scots music star Emeli Sande.

Hollywood actor James McAvoy ran a leg in his native Glasgow, saying he said he was ''proud'' and ''quite emotional'' to be carrying the torch through his home town.

He added that the Games were for everybody, not just Londoners.

Then on Saturday morning, the torch started day 22 of the relay from the Riverside Museum, embarking on its journey north to the Highland capital, Inverness. Starting out from the Riverside Museum the torchbearers made their way to Maryhill before leaving Glasgow, heading for Bearsden, then Clydebank, Dumbarton and Loch Lomond.

Emma Baird, 16, was the first torchbearer of the day, starting out at the Glasgow Riverside Museum.

The teenager, who sometimes needs to use a wheelchair due to hip problems, was nominated for her determination in overcoming health problems to play sport. She took the torch  on board The Glenlee - built in 1896, and one of only five Clyde-built ships still afloat. The Glenlee is the only vessel of her kind in the UK.

Emma Baird handed the torch on to Olympian Hamish Hardie, MBE, who competed as a yachtsman in the 1948 London Olympics at the age of 19 and is vice-chair of the Clyde Maritime Trust.

In Scotland the torch will visit 120 communities and landmarks, including the Robert Burns Museum, St Andrews, the Forth Bridge and Loch Ness during eight days in the country.

A total of 1021 communities will be visited during the UK relay. The flame will travel 8000 miles in total before the last torch bearer lights the cauldron at Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27 in London.