Thousands of people lined the streets to give the Olympic Flame a huge Fife welcome when it travelled through the Kingdom earlier this week, reports NEIL HENDERSON.
And for three locals, the honour of being a torch bearer proved to be a thrill of a lifetime.
Wheelchair user Arthur Lawson said he was ‘blown away’ by the amount of people and the atmosphere as he carried the torch through Dairsie.
The sports mad 25-year-old from Glenrothes who is the Whizz-Kidz representative for the Scottish Parliament and swims for Fife told the Gazette he was ‘still buzzing’ from the whole experience.
He added: “It has been an honour for me to be involved in this historic occasion, the atmosphere was electric and everyone seemed to know who I was and were chanting my name, I couldn’t believe it.”
Meanwhile former teenage cancer sufferer David Hilton (20) from Glenrothes said the experience of carrying the Olympic flame on part of it’s 8,000 mile journey as it went though Carnieyhill ‘a once in a lifetime honour.’
At the age of 17, David suffered three brain tumours and since his recovery has devoted his time outside of studying at Dundee University to helping others come to terms with similar ordeals.
He is also Fife’s youth representative for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity who nominated him for the torch bearing duty.
He said afterwards that the whole event had been ‘incredible’ and the people who had come to cheer the relay on had ‘done Scotland proud.’
Elsewhere, Shelia Filsell a retired teacher from Coaltown of Balgonie played her part in the Olympic Torch relay when she carried the flame aloft as it passed through Guardbridge and Leuchars.
Inspirational Sheila recently donated two thirds of her liver to save the life of her daughter Susan, it what was only the second transplant operation of its kind in Scotland.