Olympic Torch Comes to Perth
Thousands of excited spectators visited the street of Perthshire, the North Inch park and the South Inch to witness the Olympic torch making it’s spectacular journey though Perth.
The torch was brought over the historic Perth Bridge by the Olympic cyclist hopeful, Kevin Stewart. 20yr old Kevin, from Dundee, has previously competed in the Commonwealth games presented the torch on the stage set up in the North Inch park where thousands had gathered. Prior to the torch arrival the crowds had been entertained by community singing groups performing, ‘The Things We Love’, a song adapted for the occasion by renowned Perthshire songwriter Dougie Mclean in welcome of the Relay. The torch was then carried on it’s journey by a group of pupils specially chosen from Perth Academy. In the lead up to the Torch’s arrival in Perth, up to 60 pupils from each of Perth & Kinross Council’s secondary schools took part in an olympic themed sports event on the North Inch and in Bell’s Sports Centre, organised by the Council and Live Active Leisure. Activities included rugby, football, athletics, hockey, volleyball, fencing, trampolining, gymnastics, tennis, table tennis, judo, badminton, basketball and zumba. There was also a “Faster, Higher, Stronger” competition for U15 boys and girls.