The Olympic flame was in exceptionally safe hands when it was passed to Craig Hannah on June 8.
For the 48-year-old, chosen to carry the flame through the Scottish city of Glasgow, has been a firefighter for years.
Craig, who works at INEOS’ Grangemouth site, said there were no dramas on the day – apart from the drama of the occasion, that is.
“I was on cloud nine that day,” he said.
The flame, which Craig carried for half a mile before handing it to the next torchbearer, had been lit from the sun’s rays in Greece 29 days earlier.
“When you think about it, it’s awesome,” said Craig. “You’re holding a flame that’s come all that way.”
Lord Sebastian Coe, who is chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said the flame symbolised the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK had brought the excitement of the London Games to the streets of Britain.
That’s certainly what Craig had hoped to see – and witnessed – when he took to the streets.
“It was good to get the kids excited about the Olympics and to encourage them to do sport because you hardly see younger ones out and about these days,” he said. “They all seem to be at home on their computers.”
Craig had been chosen as one of the UK’s 8,000 torchbearers after being nominated by brother-in-law Jim Blaikie for his work in the Bo’ness community.
“It was very humbling to know that I was chosen out of so many people who were nominated,” he said.
Craig is a well-known pillar of the Bo’ness community.
He has run a music project for young people in Bo’ness called Cozy Blanket for about 15 years. And many local children and bands use the studio, which is kitted out with equipment.
He’s also a church elder at St Andrew’s, plays drums in local band Hunter and volunteers as a first response contact with the ambulance.
“It’s good having a job where you work shifts because it allows me to facilitate all the voluntary stuff,” he said.
Those who missed Craig in Glasgow later found him – and the Olympic torch he carried through the Scottish city’s streets – at the Bo’ness Children’s Fair Festival on June 29.