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Olympic Torch route in Falkirk announced

The Olympic Torch will travel through Falkirk as part of its 70-day tour around the UK. The historic symbol of the Olympics will visit Larbert, Camelon, Falkirk and Skinflats on Wednesday, June 13, in the lead-up to this summer’s Games in London.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life.

“The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.

“Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Falkirk’s moment to shine.”

Falkirk, travelling from Glenfuir Road, through West Bridge Street, Cockburn Street, Hodge Street, Arnot Street, St Crispins Place, Callendar Road and Bellsmeadow Road. The police will set up some traffic restrictions during the day and some disruption to local traffic is expected.

The Skinflats leg of the journey is due to start at 2.40 p.m. before the torch heads across the Firth of Forth to Cairneyhill.

In the 1948 Olympic Games  James “Jimmy” McColl  represented Great Britain at the 1948 Summer Olympics, making two appearances. McColl had been with amateur club Queen’s Park until the Summer of the Olympics in which he played.He later played for Falkirk. There has been some controversy over the Great Britain football team for the 2012 Olympics with three Home Nation Football Associations refusing to allow players to be selected for the team . A large number of players have been contacted individually about playing in the GB team and most of them want to play for the team . There is very little the SFA can do to prevent players taking part.


New prints from Falkirk gallery

Online art gallery Photogold has new limited edition prints by Jack Vettriano in stock , including Portrait in Black and Pearl. Photogold is an innovative art gallery , having set up the UK’s first online art gallery in 1998. Falkirk recently received an award for business innovation from Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones . Falkirk got a resounding  thumbs up from Dragons’ Den’s Peter Jones as the area picked up the award for the most enterprising place in Scotland at the annual Enterprising Britain Awards ceremony, held at the House of Lords.
Falkirk also made it through to the final six of the UK-wide competition, narrowly missing out on the top honour.
The award was presented to Councillor Adrian Mahoney, the Convener of Economic Strategy and Development at Falkirk Council and Peter Reid, Strategic Projects Manager at Falkirk Council, by Dragons Den’s Peter Jones. Monday’s event was also attended by Mark Prisk MP, the UK Minister of State for Business and Enterprise.

Christmas shopping set to peak today

Today has been dubbed Manic Monday as online shoppers are set to spend £537million in 24 hours as the Christmas shopping bonanza starts in earnest. Total spending is forecast to hit the equivalent of £22.4million an hour, according to shopping comparison website Kelkoo. Online sales are predicted to increase by 29 per cent on last year to £11.5billion, with overall sales set to reach £68.7billion.

Kelkoo chief executive Richard Stables said: ‘This is the most important day in an e-tailers’ calendar.

‘Online retailers can see sales rise by up to 60 per cent in the six weeks running up to Christmas compared to the rest of the year, and at no time is this more evident than on Manic Monday, when online sales are forecast to peak at £22.4 million per hour.’

The busiest day on the High Street is expected to be December 18 when 10million consumers do most of their Christmas shopping.The VAT increase kicks in on January 1 , so most consumers will be buying major purchases before then.