Plan ahead for Olympic torch relay

The London 2012 Olympic Torch.
The London 2012 Olympic Torch.

COMMUNITIES and businesses in Fife are being encouraged to plan ahead for the Olympic torch relay in June.

The Olympic flame arrives in Fife on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 12, when the torch relay will make its way through streets in Newburgh, Cupar, Dairsie, Guardbridge and Leuchars.

Then on Wednesday, June 13, the flame will be back in the Kingdom, starting off the day in St Andrews before moving on to other neighbouring local authority areas and returning to west Fife later in the day.

Now Fife Council is encouraging and supporting local organisations and community groups on the torch route to organise their own ways to celebrate the event and share in the Olympic spirit.

It is also important for businesses and local companies to start to plan ahead for the two days when the relay comes to Fife, says Grant Ward, head of leisure and cultural services.

“We look forward to welcoming the relay to Fife and want to remind organisations and businesses of the need to plan ahead,” he said.

“The streets and timings of the route are available online and the council will also keep Fifers informed of other information before, during and after the event, for example, road closures, car parking and other traffic management arrangements.

“It will also be an historic occasion and to help support communities on the torch route who want to celebrate the council has a small amount of funding available.”

An event providing more information about the relay and advice on how to access funding is being hosted by Fife Council on Tuesday, April 17, between 4pm and 6 pm in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes.

Invitations have been sent out to community contacts but the event is also open to other interested groups and communities who want to come along.

The council also wants to hear from people and communities who are already planning activities or events to celebrate the relay coming to Fife but don’t need to apply for funding.

This will help services and organisations such as the council and police plan what support is required for the relay.

To highlight an event taking place to celebrate the relay which does not require funding, complete the quick registration form online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/torchevents by the April 16.

Street-by-street detail and times when the relay travels through Fife can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay