Olympic fever grips north east Fife!

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WITH the Jubilee celebrations done and dusted, it’s the turn of Olympic fever to grab hold of north east Fife and Kinross-shire.

Festivities take place next Tuesday and Wednesday, when the Olympic flame winds its way through Fife Herald and St Andrews Citizen territory via numerous towns and villages.

Crowds are expected to line the streets to cheer on the dozens of torchbearers who will have the honour of carrying the symbolic flame as it travels to London ahead of July and August’s historic Games.

To add to the celebratory mood, schools and community groups across the area will be holding their own events to commemorate the Olympics coming to the UK for the first time in over half a century.

All torchbearers have been chosen in recognition of their achievements and the contribution they have made to their communities.

Among those chosen to take part in the official torch relay were young cancer sufferer Hannah Clarke (18) of Kinross, who has raised thousands of pounds for charity, and Newburgh cyclist Mark Beaumont (29), famed for his record-breaking exploits on two wheels.

Also carrying the flame are teenage beauty queen and Bell Baxter High School pupil Sula Powell (15) from Windygates, who has also raised thousands for charity; runner and ex-RAF servicewoman Sandra Kennedy (46) of Balmullo; and Glenfarg teacher, volunteer and fund-raiser Emma McLoughlin (30).

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They will be joined along the route by St Andreans Joe Forrester (13), James Dickinson (22), Fiona Dutton (22) and Dawn Doherty (41) — who is representing Girlguiding UK — as well as Tayport ‘swingnastics’ instructor Morna Crombie (63), a former lecturer in physical education at Dundee University.

Another local person involved on Tuesday will be Maurice Paterson (30), a disabled athlete and volunteer from Newport who will be part of the relay in Balbeggie near Perth.

The flame will arrive in north east Fife at around 4pm on Tuesday, June 12, following its journey through Perthshire.

Starting in Newburgh, the flame will travel on to Cupar, Dairsie, Guardbridge and Leuchars — including the RAF base — before stopping for the night in Dundee.

Torchbearers in St Andrews have an early start the following day, with the flame being symbolically re-lit in St Salvator’s Quad at 6.30am.

It will then be transported to Kinross-shire, where it will pass through Milnathort, Kinross and Crook of Devon.

One of the youngest participants is 11-year-old Keiran Rae, a pupil at Falkland House School, who will help carry the flame through Dunfermline on June 13.

Each torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform that has been specially designed for the occasion.

They will also be given the option to buy and keep their torch as a souvenir.

Organisers say the flame stands for “peace, unity and friendship”.

It will be carried by 8000 people across the UK.