Ex-Marine injured in Afghanistan carries Olympic torch

Torchbearer Ian Bishop with his daughter Aimee
Image caption Torchbearer Ian Bishop was accompanied by his daughter Aimee

A former Royal Marine who lost both his legs in Afghanistan carried the Olympic torch through Brechin as the relay traveled from Aberdeen to Dundee .

Ian Bishop, who served with 45 Commando based in nearby Arbroath, walked for some of his stint hand-in-hand with his eight-year-old daughter Aimee.

During the 132-mile journey the flame stopped off at Scone Palace , once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots.

Tuesday's leg is due to end in Dundee at about 18:45 BST.

Among the first of the day's 124 torchbearers was Lindsay Rennie, from Arborath.

The 46-year-old, who has swum three times across the River Tay for charity and raised £7,000 in the process, was part of a five-man group who each had their own flame.

In Aberdeen, Olympian Jackie Lockhart, who has been curling for more than 30 years, carried the flame.

Former sprinter

She was Scottish champion eight times, won gold at the World Women's Championship in 2002 to add to the silver medal from 1985 and took bronze in 2007. Lockhart competed in the 1992, 1998, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

BBC Radio Scotland presenter Bryan Burnett, a keen marathon runner whose voice is also heard over the tannoy at many races around the UK, took his turn with the flame in his home city.

In Stonehaven, the flame was carried by 12-year-old Findlay Bremner from Aberdeen, who recently made the Junior GB snowboarding team.

In Brechin, Mr Bishop took on the flame and about halfway through his section of the relay he was joined by his daughter, with his wife Kirsty following behind with their 22-week-old baby Rebekah.

The ex-soldier hopes to be in the British ski team at the 2014 winter Paralympics.

After the lunch break, 82-year-old Elspeth Graham carried the flame in Balbeggie. Mrs Graham is a former sprinter who was injured in 4x100 yard relay training for the 1948 Games and ended up watching from the stands.

She regained fitness and represented Great Britain in the 1950 European Athletics Championships, where she won relay team gold and came fifth in the individual event.

Mrs Graham has given her time to the Women's Royal Voluntary Service for nearly 40 years and works during the summer as a tour guide at a local stately home.

Junior water polo player Louise Fox, 16, from Dundee, carried the flame at Scone Palace, which is now the home of the Earl of Mansfield and was once the location of the coronation stone the Stone of Destiny and also where Robert the Bruce and Charles II were crowned.

Later, swimmer Mark Szaranek, 16, from Fife held the torch at the Desperate Dan statue in Dundee. Mark holds Scottish and British junior records and was recently selected to represent GB at the 2011 European Olympic Youth Games.

One of the day's biggest cheers came when Andy Coogan, 95, walked with the flame in Dundee. The Second World War veteran and former champion runner is also the great uncle of Olympian cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

The day ended with an evening celebration in Dundee's Baxter Park at which the last torchbearer, Kian Steel, lit a cauldron on stage.

The line-up includes music from Scottish singer Emeli Sandé and sport and dance act Twist and Pulse.

A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July.

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