Ready for the torch relay?

ARE you ready to welcome the Olympic torch?

Local residents are being asked to let Midlothian Council know of plans for special events and celebrations when the torch passes through the county next month.

The local authority is also keen to ensure events planned on the route or on the diversions do not impede the relay.

The flame landed on British soil last Friday evening and is being carried by nominated torchbearers across the UK in the run-up to the London games.

Schoolchildren and spectators are expected to add to the cheers when the torch reaches Midlothian on June 14. Parking will be prohibited on the route that morning.

Due to the number of pupils expected to cheer on the relay in Lasswade, the southbound lanes on Lasswade Road, High Street and Elm Row will be closed.

The northbound lane, which is the way the torch relay will progress, will be open to the public until traffic is temporarily stopped as part of the rolling road closure.

The route includes Dalkeith (from approximately 8.55am): Edinburgh Road, South Street, London Road, Buccleuch Street, Eskbank Road and Lasswade Road; Lasswade (from approx 9.25am): Elm Row and High Street; Loanhead (from approx 9.30am): Lasswade Road, High Street and The Loan; Bilston (from approx 9.50am): the A701 to Castlelaw Terrace; Penicuik (from approx 10.45am): the A701 through Milton Bridge (from approx 10.00am), Edinburgh Road, around Beeslack High School, Edinburgh Road, John Street, High Street, Bridge Street and the A701 to Peebles Road.

Diversion routes are being finalised in case the torch relay needs to deviate from the planned route.

If you are planning a special event on June 14, contact