Olympic torch for Galloway?

Local MP Russell Brown has launched a campaign and petition to bring the Olympic torch to Galloway next year.

The route for the 2012 Olympics torch relay was released on Wednesday. The torch will leave Land’s End, Cornwall, on the morning of Saturday, May 19, 2012, and spend 70 days travelling the length and breadth of the country – but currently has no stops planned in south west Scotland.

Russell Brown has written to the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson, calling on him to make sure a stop in Dumfries and Galloway is included in the torch’s route.

The torch is due to visit Belfast on Wednesday, June 6, and Glasgow on Friday, June 8. No stops are currently planned for Thursday, June 7, and Russell Brown is calling for the torch to visit the region on its journey from Belfast to Glasgow.

The MP has started a petition to “bring the torch to Dumfries and Galloway”, which can be signed by visiting his office in Stranraer (13 Hanover Street, Stranraer, DG9 7SB).

Russell Brown said: “Like most people, I’m really looking forward to the Olympics and it will be a great occasion for the whole country.

“However, I’m deeply disappointed that the torch route currently misses out Dumfries and Galloway.

“I know how passionate local people are about sport and since the torch has a day to spare between visiting Belfast and Glasgow this is the ideal opportunity for it to stop off in our region. The Olympic Organising Committee say they are open to further places to be added and I want to see our region included. The visits will bring a great atmosphere and there are stageshows and parties planned, and I really hope we don’t miss out here.

“Local people would give the torch a great reception and I have urged the Minister to make sure it has a stop in Dumfries and Galloway. Local people can back my “bring the torch to Dumfries and Galloway” campaign by signing my petition in my office in Stranraer.”