TOWNS across the UK welcomed the news this week that they can share in the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Torch relay passing through next year - but organisers have skipped Fife’s biggest town in the route.
Kirkcaldy, and most of the Kingdom’s coastal towns, have been missed out by relay organisers.
The famous flame will be be taken from Dundee to St Andrews, via Newburgh and Leuchars, to Dunfermline via Auchtermuchty, as well as going through small villages like Dairsie and Cairneyhill, from June 12-13.
But while those in Kirkcaldy and some of Fife’s busiest areas have missed out on the chance to host the torch, travelling to see it should be fairly easy for most of the Kingdom’s residents.
Kirkcaldy hockey Olympian Stephen Dick, who competed at the Beijing Games in 2008 and is now training for next year’s Olympics, said: “As somebody who is from Kirkcaldy and was brought up playing sport in Kirkcaldy, it’s a little disappointing.
‘‘But because it’s so close people should try to go and see it.
‘‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see such an event and since it’s so close people should definitely go and see it.”
Kirkcaldy Commonwealth Games boxer, Mike Keane, added: “There are a lot of famous sports people from Kirkcaldy, and Fife on the whole, so it’s a shame the torch wont be coming through.
‘‘St Andrews obviously has world-wide recognition for golf, so that’s maybe the reason - and unless they have been buying linoleum Kirkcaldy it’s probably less known!
‘‘It would have been nice to recognise all the sports people who have come from here, but it shouldn’t stop people from going to see it.”
Despite the torch not heading to town, Olympics organisers say 95 per cent of the UK will be within 10 miles of the torch route - and townsfolk will only have to travel to Dunfermline to see the flame.