THE Olympic Torch arrived in Moray today, attracting many hundreds of spectators during the Tomintoul leg of its marathon journey.
Tomintoul was the only stop in Moray for the flame, which was hitting 17 different communities – between Stornoway and Aberdeen – during the course of the day.
A large crowd welcomed 14-year-old Ciara Ennis, from Huntly, as she ranwith the torch down Main Street in Tomintoul.
A short distance away, she had been met by Billy McMillan (68), from Fort William, who ran for the first part of the leg through the village.
Among the crowd were around 350 schoolchildren, from eight Moray schools, who had earlier been taking part in a mini version of the Games at Tomintoul Primary School.
Local co-ordinator Mark Ranner, who liaised with the council and other agencies to organise the event, said: "It’s excellent for the community, bringing people together and bringing a sense of pride to the village.
"We are a small community and to be chosen on the route of the tour is a real honour.
"A lot of other communities think they should have been considered as well, but for a small community like ours, it’s a real event."