Olympic f lame-out!

THE OLYMPIC Torch will not light up Carnoustie or Monifieth in the lead up to London 2012 with the flame procession having snubbed the area.

On Monday, the exact route of the torch was announced with Carnoustie, Monifieth and Arbroath overlooked, despite other Angus towns including Montrose, Brechin and Forfar getting their chance to see the Olympic symbol.

Organisers say that the torch will come within 10 miles of 95 per cent of the UK population leaving the local area in the unlucky five per cent. This is despite Carnoustie being home to one of the most famous golf courses in the world.

And even Carnoustie torchbearer Andy Coogan is having to complete his part of the torch parade outwith his home town.

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey had previously written a letter to the chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, Lord Sebastian Coe, asking him to reconsider the route so Carnoustie and Arbroath were included.

But Lord Coe refused to change the route and said in a letter to Mr Dey that he understood the disappointment that the flame was not stopping in any towns in his Angus South constituency.

And after it was confirmed on Monday the torch procession was not coming anywhere near Carnoustie, Monifieth or Arbroath the MSP said: “I was deeply disappointed with the response of Sebastian Coe to my appeal to reconsider the decision not to have the Olympic torch relay visit our area.

“In 2014, however, Scotland of course hosts the Commonwealth Games, and I intend pressing the case of the Games’ baton relay to take in Angus South.”

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