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Commonwealth flag bearers are all Borderers

Berwickshire High School students who will be part of the guard of honour holding flags of the 71 Commonwealth countries and territories on Coldstream Bridge as the Queens Baton Relaly makes its way into Scotland en route to Glasgow for the Commonwealth games

Berwickshire High School students who will be part of the guard of honour holding flags of the 71 Commonwealth countries and territories on Coldstream Bridge as the Queens Baton Relaly makes its way into Scotland en route to Glasgow for the Commonwealth games

After travelling 190,000 kilometres through 69 nations and territories, the Queen’s Baton will enter Scotland by crossing Coldstream Bridge next weekend.

Greeting the baton as it arrives in the Commonwealth Games host nation, will be 75 young Borderers.

They will form a guard of honour along the length of bridge on Saturday, June 14, carrying the flags of every commonwealth nation and territory, plus the Glasgow 2014 flag.

The honour of being a standard bearer at this unique event was given to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 years from West Linton to Cockburnspath – 19 from Berwickshire including six from Coldstream.

Priority has been given to the young people who have achieved their Saltire Volunteering 200 hours award.

Fourteen places were allocated to the two secondary schools closest to Coldstream, Berwickshire High School (Annabel Hosie, Cameron Read, Gregor Richardson, Katie Browne, William Sinclair, Liam Shipperley, Ellenor Gracey) and Kelso High School.

Coldstream residents and visitors are encouraged to share the historic arrival of the moment in Coldstream, which will be screened live on BBC1.

They can join in a great morning out at Henderson Park and along the route, where a programme of entertainment starts from 7.10am.

Broadcaster Jenni Falconer, will host the morning’s programme of events in Henderson Park.

She is best known for her roles on the ITV daytime show This Morning, where she is a regular travel reporter and an occasional stand-in host.

She was among presenters of the BBC 1 National Lottery Draws until 2013, is currently a radio presenter for The Heart Network and last year took part in the first series of the ITV celebrity diving show Splash!.

The programme includes a mix of local and Commonwealth entertainment: junk-percussion sensation Trash Arts, Coldstream Pipe Band, Coldstream Community Theatre Group, Coldstream Burns Club, poetry crowd-pleaser force Q-poetics, brand new act Commonwealth Youth Circus, traditional music from the local Small Hall Band, and Coldstream’s very own covers band Guilty Pleasures.

The entertainment will continue in the park after the baton has left for Edinburgh.

 

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