THE countdown has begun to the arrival of the Olympic flame in north east Fife and Kinross-shire.
With the torch relay now less than two weeks away, people throughout the area are preparing to line the route and celebrate what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
The flame arrives in Fife on the afternoon of June 12 and is due to reach Newburgh at 4pm before making its way to Cupar, arriving at 5pm.
From there it will pass through Dairsie and will finish at Guardbridge at 5.20 pm before heading over the Tay Road Bridge in convoy mode.
The following day, the flame will be back in the Kingdom and starts its journey in St Andrews.
It will be lit at 7am in St Salvator’s Quad, St Andrews University, and a community event has been organised by the St Andrews Partnership to celebrate.
The torch will then be carried by convoy to Milnathort, where it’s due to arrive at around 8am, and then will be carried by torch-bearers through Kinross and Crook of Devon before moving on to Central Scotland.
Meanwhile, Fife Council is reminding businesses and communities to plan ahead and be prepared for changes to council services during the two-day period when the torch is in the Kingdom.
A leaflet has been produced for north east Fife highlighting issues such as refuse collection changes, road closures and parking which will be available from June 6 in locations such local offices, libraries, GP surgeries and sports centres.
In St Andrews, residents of North Street, South Street and Westport will receive a copy of this leaflet through their door because there is a change to their bin collection day.
Fifers can also access the leaflets on the council’s website by going to www.fifedirect.org.uk/olympictorchrelay, which also includes information on Olympic torch community events as well as giving information on where to find out more on the relay route and torchbearers carrying the flame through Fife.
Grant Ward, head of leisure and cultural services, said: “We look forward to welcoming the relay to Fife, but also want to remind organisations and businesses that they need to plan ahead.”
Full details of the arrangements for Kinross-shire can be found on Perth and Kinross Council’s website, www.pkc.gov.uk