Thousands of people in Stranraer made the 05:30 start to greet the Olympic torch that arrived on Scottish soil for the first time in history. Alex Fergusson MSP for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale explained to our reporter Matthew Taylor how special it was for the town.

Nobody seemed to mind the early start and there was a wonderful atmosphere as the crowds waited to see the torch. Despite having to be there for 05.30 organisers said it was one of the biggest crowds they have seen so far on the torches tour around the United Kingdom.

Our cameras watched as the first torch was lit and the Scottish relay started. The crowds cheered throughout the route.

The torch has now left our area and is on a tour around Scotland. It returns to our area on June 14th when it reaches Innerliethan in the Scottish Borders.