Gifts are given to carriers of torch
Published at 21:37, Wednesday, 08 August 2012
THE Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, July 27 was also the moment when Dumfries and Galloway recognised the Olympic torchbearers who carried the flame through the region.
They attended a civic reception at DG One leisure centre in Dumfries.
Dumfries and Galloway was one of only a few places in the UK to have the Olympic flame on two separate dates and became the first and last place in Scotland to entertain the flame.
More than 17,000 people lined the streets to watch the flame carried by inspirational people from the region. They included Calum Graham of Canonbie and Aileen Grant of Langholm.
The torchbearers were selected to represent the region because of their contribution to communities and they were recognised by the council for helping to make the Olympic torch relay a success in towns and villages.
Brian Collins, council deputy leader, who presented gifts to all the torchbearers, said: “London 2012 has been tagged with the strap line of Inspire a Generation and that is exactly what these people have done and will continue to do.
“I hope many people will be inspired to become more active and involved in our communities as a result of these Games.”
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