The Queen’s Baton relay will be welcomed into the host country Scotland by 71 youngsters on Coldstream Bridge forming a guard of honour with the flags of every Commonwealth nation.
Despite the early start - 7.30am on the morning of Saturday, June 14, - Coldstream Pipe Band is likely to lead the baton bearers across the bridge into Scotland in a ceremony screened live by the BBC. The baton will then be taken up to Henderson Park, overlooking the River Tweed and Coldstream Bridge, by three or four baton bearers where the focus will be on celebrating the arrival of the 190,000km relay into Scotland.
“This is Coldstream’s event and we want you to be proud,” event organiser Greg McEwan told a meeting in Coldstream on Tuesday evening.
“Let’s make it happen; we are setting a precedent of what will happen in Scotland and Coldstream will take the lead.
“I can’t emphasise enough how important this is for the Games.”
A stage is being put up in Henderson Park for around two hours of entertainment and there will be a large screen in the adjacent car park showing the official ceremony when the baton is passed from England into Scottish hands.
Organisers are looking for as many local entertainers as possible to join in the Coldstream celebrations and want to hear from anyone keen to get involved. Contact Greg on firstname.lastname@example.org
The A697/698 will be closed at Coldstream Bridge and right through the town from 4am until the baton leaves the town and heads north to Edinburgh at around 8.30am.
It will return to the Borders as part of the Scottish leg of the relay on June 18.