Flame gets special reception at The Falkirk Wheel

The Torch team enjoyed a trip on The Falkirk Wheel
The Torch team enjoyed a trip on The Falkirk Wheel

Almost 4000 people flocked to The Falkirk Wheel to welcome the Olympic Torch.

A special reception and entertainment was hosted at the landmark by British Waterways, and the Torch was treated to a boat trip on the Wheel itself.

The occasion was filmed for national TV, with coverage broadcast on the BBC.

Alasdair Smart, Manager at The Falkirk Wheel said: “What a glorious day at The Falkirk Wheel.

“The sun shone, the local choir sang, the schoolchildren cheered, the fireworks added to the occasion and the Wheel performed magnificently.

“It was great to see thousands of people turn out to watch the Torch sail down the Wheel on the Maryhill puffer and enjoy everything the Wheel has to offer.

“The national TV coverage was the icing on the cake.

“It’s also really fitting that the Torch visited us as this is our 10th anniversary year.

“It’s shaping up to be a great summer to visit The Falkirk Wheel.”

After leaving The Wheel, the Torch made its way through Falkirk town centre then Skinflats on its way to Edinburgh, its destination for the night.

See The Falkirk Herald on Thursday for a picture special on the historic occasion.