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A Coldstream welcome for the Queens Baton Relay

Former athlete Alan Wells carries the Commonwealth Games baton, watched by the Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, carries the Queen Relay Baton on the first leg of its epic journey. John Stillwell/PA Wire

Former athlete Alan Wells carries the Commonwealth Games baton, watched by the Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, carries the Queen Relay Baton on the first leg of its epic journey. John Stillwell/PA Wire

History will be made when Coldstream witnesses the official arrival of the Queen’s Baton into Scotland on Saturday, June 14.

Scotland’s ‘First true border toun’ is the first port of call north of the border for the Queen’s Baton Relay which will visit areas across the country over 40 days. The baton will ultimately arrive at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23.

The iconic handover will take place between 7am-8am on Coldstream Bridge with over 70 local young people forming a guard of honour with flags from every Commonwealth nation.

The Queen’s Baton will leave the stage to the sounds of the Coldstream Pipe Band and will be taken on to Henderson Park by baton bearers, arriving at approximately 8am, where it will stay for around 30 minutes.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to share this historic moment by joining in on a great morning out at Henderson Park and along the route, where a programme of entertainment starts at 7.10am.

Coldstream Bridge will be closed to the public.

The A697/698 will be closed at Coldstream Bridge and through the town from 4am until the baton leaves and heads to Edinburgh later that morning.

Signs will shortly be displayed around Coldstream and surrounding roads informing of the road closures and parking restrictions.

Coldstream is gearing itself up to be the centre of attention for a short while when the Queens Baton relay is handed over to the host nation.

A working group, comprising the chairman of the community council, Martin Brims, community centre representatives and other bodies has been set up to co-ordinate the local efforts to ensure the town shows itself off to the full.

It is hoped to have some of the town’s Civic Week bunting up to welcome the baton; the community centre has been booked for the 70+ flag bearers and their families; the marriage room will be used by dignitaries; areas around the town are being designated for parking; and local acts will take to the stage in Henderson Park.

The Queen’s Baton returns to the Scottish Borders for a full relay day on June 18 visiting Duns, Greenlaw, Earlston. Melrose, Tweedbank, Selkirk, Kelso, Jedburgh and Hawick. The day rounds off with an evening celebration at Hawick, before moving on to Dumfries and Galloway the following day.

 

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