Torch comes to Giffnock

Giffnock Primary ones are excited by the news.
Giffnock Primary ones are excited by the news.

GIFFNOCK primary pupils were celebrating after hearing the London 2012 Olympic torch relay will run through Giffnock.

The East Renfrewshire town has been chosen as one of the 1,018 villages of which the torch will parade through.

Beginning on May 18 next year, the flame will travel 12 hours each day for 70 days, covering 8,000 miles and coming within an hour of 95 per cent of the United Kingdom’s population.

On parts of the journey, torchbearers will carry the flame on horseback, by bicycle, tram and steam train.

Primary one pupil Sol Skinner is excited by the news, as it will signal the beginning of the Olympics.

He told The Extra: “I really wish I could go to London and watch some of the events. I would especially love to see table tennis as it is one of my favourite sports. “Seeing the torch will make me feel part of the Olympics”.

Classmate Finn Lawson added: “I can’t wait for the Olympics. I will watch all the football to support Argentina because I love Lionel Messi. I watch him whenever he plays for Barcelona and he is my favourite player”.

Local pupils will be getting into the spirit as they are currently planning an Olympic sports day where surrounding schools will compete in different venues for gold medals.

Acting principal Nikki Doig told The Extra: “It’s very exciting that our pupils will be be part of such a historic event.

“They will be lining the streets and will be planning plenty more activities around the event”.

Jim Murphy MP expects “many hundreds, if not thousands, of people in East Renfrewshire to turn out and cheer the flame.

“I encourage everyone to get out and take part in the excitement of the relay and celebrate the achievements of the torchbearers. It promises to be a memorable family day out, so put it in your diary now”.