“Council must make strong bid for Olympic Torch inclusion” says Fergusson

On the eve of a meeting in Perth called by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to fill in the gaps of the Olympic torch relay’s schedule round Scotland, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson said: “It is imperative that the council are pro-active in making a bid for the Olympic torch to pass through Dumfries and Galloway on its tour of the United Kingdom. “On June 6, 2012, the torch will be in Belfast, and on the June 8 it will be in Glasgow. This leaves a lengthy period of the schedule unfilled, and it must make sense for the torch to travel on the main crossing from Northern Ireland to Scotland and land at Stranraer before heading to Glasgow. Others will be seeking to fill that slot, and it is therefore all the more important that those attending the meeting from Dumfries and Galloway do not just sit back and await further information, but strongly make the case for inclusion in the schedule.

“It is a case that is hard to deny if the stated aim of 95 per cent of the population is to be within a 60 minute journey to see the torch, and I look forward to a positive outcome from tomorrow’s meeting.”