A ROTHIENORMAN man is set to take his place amongst those carrying the Olympic flame, as it passes through the North East on its 8,000 mile journey around the UK.
Denis Emslie, a Sales Director with Mackies, will be part of the relay team carrying the torch as it passes through Banchory on its way to the opening ceremony for the London Olympics.
Speaking to the Inverurie Herald, Denis said he was thrilled to be involved, and that it had come as a big surprise to him to learn that he had been picked.
“It was the staff at Mackies who recommended me - I knew absolutely nothing about it!”, he said.
“It’s all very exciting. Mackies will be changing the ice cream production schedule in order to allow the staff to come and watch. All the family is coming as well, including a nephew from Canada, whose wife carried the torch during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.”
The torch will travel through Crathie, Ballater, Dinnet, Aboyne, Kincardine O’Neil, Banchory, Drumoak, Stonehaven and Marykirk on Monday, June 11, and Tuesday, June 12, and locals are being urged to get involved in the celebrations and share in the excitement of the Torch Relay.
Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council, Colin Mackenzie, said: “Aberdeenshire is immensely proud to welcome the Olympic Flame to our communities this summer. Today’s announcement of the streets the Olympic Torch Relay will travel along in June will really bring the route to life for a lot of people in the area.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people to get involved at a local level in such a momentous occasion and I am sure that our residents will turn out in force to show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers and the event itself.
“Aberdeenshire is sure to provide a stunning backdrop for the Olympic Flame and Torchbearers to travel through.”
The programme for the Torch Relay, which can be viewed at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay, gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Aberdeenshire.
An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the Flame before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July for the opening ceremony.