We can’t wait to carry the torch!

Colin Bennett, Irene Glen and Iain Houston
Colin Bennett, Irene Glen and Iain Houston

THREE lucky Langtonians will carrying a torch for Kirkcaldy when they take part in the Olympic Torch Relay.

Irene Glen, Ian Houston and Colin Bennet will each carry the torch as part of its journey across the UK next week as it makes its way across Scotland.

Irene is a volunteer coach at Fife Synchronised Swimming Club.

Her nomination came from two of her swimmers, sisters Louise and Camille Broatch, who had heard about Coca-Cola’s search for deserving carriers.

Throughout the last year and a half Irene has undergone treatment for cancer, but has found her dedication to synchro to be one of the key motivations in getting her through such a difficult period.

“I’m really touched and totally honoured,” she said.

“I’ve never had anything so important in my life.

‘‘The swimmers love what they do and it was their way of saying thanks to me.”

Irene will be carrying the torch through Bridge Of Allan next Wednesday and says she is looking forward to it.

“I’m very nervous,” she said.

“I’m scared I’m going to make the news for crying the whole way round!”

Colin and Ian are colleagues in the grocery team at Asda Kirkcaldy and were picked after winning a competition run by Coca-Cola.

Colin will carry the torch in Cupar on Tuesday, with Ian the bearer of the flame the following day in Kinross.

Colin said: “Ian and I got the chance through a sales initiative run by Coca-Cola which was open to every Asda store in Scotland. Our store won the chance to put two members of staff forward.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and watching some of the footage I’m a bit nervous but we’ve received plenty of support from the store and a lot of our colleagues are taking time off to come and cheer us on.”

Ian says he can’t wait to take part - but the nerves are beginning to kick in!

“I wasn’t too nervous before but the more you read about it in the paper you realise what a huge event it is.

“But I’m happy to do it, it’ll be a great day.”