Pitmedden woman’s Olympic torch honour

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A PITMEDDEN businesswoman is to carry the Olympic torch on part of its North-east journey next month.

Fiona Fraser, managing director of Aberdeen-based DF Communications, is counting down the days until she takes part in the city’s historic celebrations after being recognised for her fundraising efforts for a cancer charity.

Her father, Dick Fleming, died in January, 2011, from pancreatic cancer after a year-long battle with the disease.

Family, friends and staff at DF Communications have since gone on to raise more than £23,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care as a thank you to the nurses who cared for Mr Fleming in his final weeks. This continuous support led to the charity nominating its place for the Olympic honour to Fiona.

On Monday, June 11, well-wishers will be able to watch the torch as it is carried through Aberdeenshire and into the city before it reaches the evening celebrations at the Castlegate.

The following morning, Tuesday, June 12, Fiona will carry the Olympic torch on a 300m leg of its Aberdeen journey.

The Olympic torch relay will set off at around 7.20am from Dyce, making its way via Bucksburn, the Haudagain Roundabout then onto Hilton Drive where the first torchbearer of the day will carry the Olympic Flame.

The relay will then continue via North Anderson Drive and Anderson Drive, heading to the Bridge of Dee area and then on to the A90 as it leaves Aberdeen and continues on its journey.

Fiona, who has worked for the family business since leaving school 20 years ago, said: “To carry the Olympic torch is such a special honour.

“ We get to keep our torches thanks to BP and it will take pride of place in my home. I’m delighted to be part of something that is such a special occasion.”