Moore bears torch plea to Olympic bosses

ORGANISERS of the London Olympic torch relay have been urged to ensure that it passes through as many areas of the Borders as possible.

The exact route won’t be published until next month and the only confirmed Scottish venues are Glasgow (June 8); Inverness (June 9); Orkney and Shetland (June 10); Aberdeen and the Isle of Lewis (June 11); Dundee (June 12) and Edinburgh on June 13.

The torch’s next stops are across the border at Alnwick on June 14 and Newcastle the following day.

Borders MP and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore met organisers last week to discuss the 70-day relay, which begins at Land’s End on May 19.

He commented later: “I hope the torch will pass through many communities in the Borders and I urged the organising committee to consider including as much of the Borders as possible in the route.”

Organisers say it will pass within an hour of 95 per cent of the population.