Coldstream will be firmly in the spotlight on Saturday, June 14 when it welcomes the Commonwealth Games baton into Scotland.
Having made an 190,000 kilometres epic journey through 69 nations and territories, the baton will cross the border into the country which will host the famous sporting event in July when Glasgow welcomes athletes from all over the world.
The baton’s arrival into Scotland comes four days before it is actually carried through Berwickshire on Wednesday June 18, when it will visit Duns and Greenlaw, as well as numerous other places in the Borders.
Further details of the welcoming ceremony are to be announced in due course but organisers are hoping that the arrival of the baton into Scotland will bring out large crowds and plenty of flags.
Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh commented: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games and its arrival in Scotland will be an important signal to both the athletes and the public that the Games are just around the corner.
“The baton’s arrival in Coldstream will be a particularly special moment as it is handed over to Scotland as Games hosts. It is a fantastic opportunity for the community to get behind local athletes, and show their support for Team Scotland, as the relay makes its way through the length and breadth of the nation”.
Mid Berwickshire Councillor John Greenwell added: “This will indeed be a great honour for the town and will put Coldstream well and truly on the map,
“I am sure that this will be a great day for the town and all of the surrounding areas. Welcoming the Queens’ Baton into Scotland next month, will I am sure give the whole community a great boost.”
Games representatives are hosting an open evening in Coldstream on Tuesday, May 6 where they will go through the overview of their plans for the event and encourage local groups to come forward and take part. There will be a number of performers involved in the celebrations and the organisers are wanting to involve community groups throughout.
To hear more about the plans for the baton welcoming ceremony, go to the meeting at Coldstream Community Centre’s Leet Room at 7pm on Tuesday.