Local heroes will carry the torch

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A VETERAN athlete, a serving soldier and a charity fund-raiser have been chosen to represent the local area when the Olympic torch makes its way to Scotland next week.

On Tuesday the route will see the torch travel from Aberdeen to Dundee with various Angus towns such as Brechin and Forfar included on the route.

Unfortunately the route does not take in Arbroath or Carnoustie but organisers have made sure the area is still represented in the parade, with local torch bearers set to join the procession.

One of the first local torch-bearers will be Lindsay Rennie from Arbroath who will carry the flame through Aberdeen.

Lindsay works for BP North Sea as a wells services supervisor and was nominated to carry the torch for his charity work.

He has completed three charity swims across the River Tay and has now raised over £7,000 for various good causes.

Lindsay also contributes to charities such as Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and the Red Cross, with his nominator saying he is a worthy Olympic torch-bearer.

Following Lindsay will be Corporal Ian Bishop, from Arbroath who will carry the torch through Brechin on the same day.

Corporal Bishop (31) serves with 46 Commando Regiment and was injured in a blast in Afghanistan two years ago, in which he lost both legs.

Despite his injuries, Corporal Bishop has learned to walk again and now hopes to compete at the 2014 Winter Paralympics after becoming part of the Great Britain Ski team.

He still regularly visits other injured service personnel at Headley Court and his nominator described him as ‘a man who lives life to the full.’

One of the oldest torch bearers will be 95-year-old Andy Coogan from Carnoustie, who will carry the flame through Dundee.

Mr Coogan was nominated as he is both a former champion runner and a Second World War veteran.

In his younger days, he looked to have a promising athletics career but it was affected by the outbreak of war in 1939 and during the conflict he was a prisoner of war in Japan for three years.

This ruled out his opportunity to compete at the London Games of 1948 but he remained devoted to sport and founded the Tayside Amateur Athletic Club and has competed in veteran athletics.

His nominator says his story of survival is truly inspirational.

Another Carnoustie representative on the torch parade will be Daniel Downs who will carry the flame through the Fife town of Guardbridge.

Mr Downs (54) represented Scotland in diving between 1970 and 1976 winning various national titles.

He is also a qualified football referee and was a Football League linesman between 1991 and 2001.

And next month a former Arbroath lady will carry the Olympic Torch through her adopted town of Newmarket, Suffolk.

Cheryl Scotland-Wigg (34) moved south more than 10 years ago.

The family previously lived in Glebe Road and Cheryl attended Inverbrothock Primary School and Arbroath High School. She was also a member of the Town Mission Girls’ Brigade and worked as a volunteer at the Mission.

She was nominated to carry the torch by her colleagues at the BP Garage in Newmarket where she works for her fund-raising activities on behalf of the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.