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 Official The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay logoThe Olympic Flame visits Orkney

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay came to Orkney on June 10, 2012

On Sunday, June 10, people from throughout Orkney enjoyed a first-ever opportunity to see the Flame carried through the streets of Kirkwall by a relay of local torchbearers.

Around 1500 people lined the streets on the morning of June 10 to cheer on the torchbearers.

Many joined the party afterwards for a free public concert celebrating the torch relay Orkney style where a specially-commissioned song for Orkney was unveiled.


Orkney's torchbearers were:

  • Adrian Askew
  • Aly Bain
  • Morna Brown
  • Helen Corsie
  • Rosie Cursiter
  • Inga Kemp
  • Brian Lanni
  • Sean McFedries
  • Kay Mckerrell
  • Stefan Muir
  • Benjamin Nicolson
  • Helen Rothnie
  • Dean Shearer
  • William Sichel
  • Willie Stewart
  • Kari Taylor
  • Susan Whittingham
  • Tina Wood


The selection of the Torchbearers who carried the Flame in Orkney follows a nomination processes run by LOCOG (the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games), presenting partners Coca Cola, Bank of Scotland and Samsung, and Orkney Islands Council.

Speaking before the event, Councillor Steven Heddle, then chair of OIC’s Education and Leisure Committee, said: “This will almost certainly be the only time in all of our lifetimes that the Olympic Flame will be seen in Orkney.

“The route will take the Flame from St Magnus Cathedral to the Pickaquoy Centre along a route chosen to give as many people as possible the chance to join the celebrations.

“We are looking forward to the day in June when a relay of specially selected local people – each with an inspirational story to tell – will carry the Flame through the streets of Kirkwall.”

Each torchbearer wore a white and gold uniform designed by sportswear company adidas.

Sebastian Coe, chair of LOCOG added: “The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.

“Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and some of the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate the Flame’s time in Orkney.”

An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each nation and region of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.

The nationwide route for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay .


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