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Olympic Torch comes to Lochaber (09/05/12)
A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Torch can be enjoyed when it travels through Lochaber on Saturday 9th June as part of its 70-day tour of Britain. Travelling through Glencoe, Ballachulish, Onich, Fort William and Spean Bridge, before continuing on to Fort Augustus and Inverness, people will be able to welcome the torch and its bearers - some of the 8,000 carrying it on its journey.
Communities along the route will be celebrating its arrival and to ensure everyone has a memorable day, Olympic partners Coca-Cola, Samsung and Lloyds will have advance entertainment with samples and activities for everyone.
Arriving in Glencoe at 12.30pm, the torch bearers will run from Glencoe Village to Tigh Phuirt and then from Ballachulish Bridge to Onich Petrol Station.
The convoy will then arrive in Fort William at 1.30pm, running through the High Street, across the Parade and to the Nevis Centre. After a short break, the torch will move on to Lochaber Leisure Centre around 2.45pm before heading off to Spean Bridge where it will arrive at around 3.15pm.
Dot Ferguson, Lochaber Wards Manager, said: "This is an incredibly exciting opportunity which will be a unique experience for everyone. It's hoped that towns and villages throughout Highland will celebrate the torch's arrival making it a day to remember for everyone.”
The visit of the Olympic Torch coincides with one of the town's busiest weekends as Fort William also welcomes the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on the 9th and 10th of June.
Although preparations are well underway to minimise any delays, it is highly likely that the Olympic Torch convoy will cause some delays on the A82 and travellers are being asked for their patience and understanding to ensure everyone enjoys the day with no mishap.
Further information on the Torch route will be published as events are confirmed.