Olympic flame reaches town

Olympic Torch will be carried across Scotland by hundreds of torchbearers
Olympic Torch will be carried across Scotland by hundreds of torchbearers

Thousands will line the streets next week to welcome the Olympic Torch to the area.

The iconic Olympic Flame will pass through Falkirk on Wednesday, June 13, with excitement building in preparation of the once-in-a-lifetime event.

With just a few days to go, Falkirk Council and Central Scotland Police are warning residents to be prepared for “significant traffic disruption”, but to enjoy catching sight of the Torch which will spend almost three hours in the area.

Superintendent Graham Bye said: “We have been working closely with Falkirk Council to ensure the Olympic Torch Relay passes safely along the route.

“This is a unique event and we anticipate large numbers of people will turn up to see the Olympic Torch.

“There will be disruption to traffic and our advice is to plan your journey and to allow extra time for it.

“We encourage those attending to take direction from stewards along the route.”

The Torch is scheduled to arrive in Larbert around noon and make its way through Camelon, the town centre and on to Skinflats.

The best viewing areas for the public to see the Torch while it is being carried by a Torchbearer are at Larbert’s Station Hotel, outside Dollar Park, Falkirk Town Hall, West Bridge Street, St Crispin’s Place and Arnot Street.

Over 10,000 schoolchildren will line the route, with each school having an allocated viewing area.

British Waterways is hosting an event at The Falkirk Wheel which members and their family and friends are welcome to attend.

The Torch is scheduled to arrive at The Wheel at 12.48 p.m. and will travel along the viaduct and onto a barge before being lowered to the canal basin on the Falkirk Wheel,

Around 300 children will take part in sports activities at the Wheel and entertainment includes a performance by the new community choir, Sing Forth, and a dance performance by Denny High School.

While there are no planned road closures in the Falkirk Council area, there will be traffic restrictions.

Motorists are being urged not to park indiscriminately and ensure their cars are not parked along the route.

Cars parked illegally will be moved and drivers are being urged to be patient while the Torch is in the area.