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Tomorrow morning four lucky women from Wigtownshire will have the honour of being torch bearers for the Olympic Flame as it arrives in Scotland on it’s journey around the United Kingdom ahead of the start of the London 2012 Olympics.

Starting off in Stranraer, 62-year old Doreen Bowie will carry the torch along Cairnryan Road at around quarter past six tomorrow morning. Doreen has taught Highland dancing to a generation of local children.

Doreen said: “I am feeling very nervous. So many people in the town are wishing me good luck, I had no idea so many people knew who I was!

“It’s a fantastic honour. I have been following the route on television and I’m now thinking: “Oh goodness, It’s me next”. I just hope the weather holds now.”

The Torch then travels to Cairnryan, where Wigtown’s very own Anne Barclay will be waiting for her turn. Anne was nominated as a Torch Bearer due to her fundrasing effort for cancer charities.

She said: “I can’t believe how quickly Day 21 of the Olympic Torch Relay is approaching and how soon it will be my turn to carry the Flame through Cairnryan. I am quite overwhelmed by the excitement and privilege of being a Torchbearer and representing all those who work so tirelessly to support Cancer Research UK here in Dumfries and Galloway – I hope to see lots of friends and family out to line the streets and to take the once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the Olympics! Roll on Friday!”

Forty-year-old Janine Spice from Port William will carry the torch when it arrives in Ballantrae in South Ayrshire. Janine is heavily involved in netball in Scotland having developed teams of all ages in her area and trained to become one of the top netball umpires in the country.

She said: “I’m excited now but also a bit nervous too! I have been doing some training by playing netball, doing some umpiring and going on long walks. It’s only 300 metres so I should be okay. This is such a great honour and quite surreal. Unbelievable really.”

Also carrying the torch at Ballantrae will be Sally Murray, 40 , from Stranraer. Sally dedication to raising money for charity led to her nomination.

Sally is equally excited about her part in sporting history. She said: “I have to be ready to leave Stranraer tomorrow morning at half past four and my part of the relay should be at 7.15 at Ballantrae. My 30 seconds of fame! My track suit is ready and I intend to buy the torch. It will be useful to help raise money for charity afterwards and some schools have already as me to bring it in to show them. I’m taking it to the learning centre in Stranraer.

“I have been training since I heard I was to be a torch bearer. My friend and I have done an eight-week play working up to running three miles at the end of it. That gave me something to aim for.”

Local MP Russell Brown said: “The moment so many of us have been waiting for is finally here, with Dumfries and Galloway set to welcome the Olympic torch to Scotland.

“I will be there tonight to welcome the torch in Cairnryan and back on the streets of Stranraer at 6am tomorrow morning to cheer it on with the crowds.

“This is a special moment as the eyes of the world will be on Dumfries and Galloway and the local heroes carrying the flame. After the initial torch relay route missed out our area, and I campaigned with local people to bring it here, I am really looking forward to seeing it on home soil.”