Thousands of people in communities across Scotland have turned out to see the Olympic Torch and Turning Point
Scotland’s helped play a role in supporting some of the country’s local heroes.

Individuals who have raised money for charity, local community volunteers, ex service men and women, sports stars and film stars have all carried the flame through cities and towns and at some of our famous tourist landmarks like the Falkirk Wheel, Edinburgh Castle and Loch Ness.

The first stop in Scotland was Stranraer and AccessArt based in Dumfries and Galloway was awarded the funding to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic flame to the region. The funding was used to provide Torch making workshops in Stranraer to welcome the torch to Scotland. The route taken by the torch through Stranraer was lined by the local community many waving their very own Olympic torches


Steven Burnie, Senior Arts and Crafts Co-ordinator at Turning Point Scotland’s AccessArt said:


“The workshop were really fun to do, to see lots of happy faces and the pride in what they had created as well as the thanks we got from helping was inspiring.

Some young people from the previous night’s workshop came along again with more friends as word spread through the community.

The attendance was fantastic the numbers grew and grew, especially for the final workshop which took place the night before the arrival of the Olympic flame in Stranraer.

That evening we had well over 100 participants and the atmosphere was electric even though everyone had an early start the next day as the Olympic Torch commenced its journey at 6am.

The whole community got involved; it was wonderful to see young people, parents and grandparents all engaging and supporting one another to create their torches.

Shona Robison MSP Minister for Commonwealth games and Sport came along to our Olympic torch making workshop in Annan. There was excitement and some nervousness in the room as we awaited her arrival. Once the photographs been taken, she soon put everyone at easy, chatting and listening to participant’s excitement about the Olympic flames arrival in the region.”