A HIGHLY-prized Olympic torch from the London 2012 Games is set to inspire a generation of pupils at an East Dunbartonshire School – thanks to a generous former pupil.
Andrew Boyle was nominated to be a torch bearer after juggling his degree course in medicine with helping to run Lenzie Youth Club.
He ran a leg of the historic torch relay through Bearsden last June and recently decided to ask St Ninian’s High School - where he was school captain - to act as guardians of the torch.
Andrew made the offer at the school’s senior awards ceremony, where he acted as the keynote speaker in front of local dignitaries, councillors, pupils and parents.
East Dunbartonshire council leader Rhondda Geekie, who cheered Andrew on as he ran his relay leg, said: “This is a very generous gesture for Andy to entrust his Olympic Torch in the safe keeping of his old school.
“The day of the relay was quite spectacular, with thousands of people turning out onto Drymen Road in Bearsden to witness this once in a lifetime event and one that I will not forget.
“I wish Andy the very best for the future in his chosen career.”
Andrew said: “It is good to give something back to a school which helped me develop in so many ways, and it is a fitting place for the torch to continue to inspire a generation.
“I am sure it will be very much at home in this hub of friendship, excellence and respect.”
Head teacher Paul McLaughlin said: “We were taken completely by surprise when Andrew announced at the prizegiving that he would like the Olympic torch to be kept in the school.
“This was a fantastic gesture from a former pupil of whom we are so very proud.
“We will ensure that the torch is displayed prominently for all to see.”
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