Commonwealth baton to tour Borders towns

Berwickshire is set to play a major part in the countdown to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 17th March 2014, 10:41 am

The Queen’s Relay baton, the Commonwealth equivalent of the Olympic Torch, will pass through the area on its way around Scotland, having already been carried through the rest of the Commonwealth countries.

The baton will be carried through the East Lothian and the Borders on Tuesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 18.

The last two stops on the Tuesday are in Dunbar and Haddington.

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The relay resumes on June 18, when the baton will be carried through Duns and Greenlaw. It will then continue through the eastern borders, en route to Kelso.

All in all the baton will have visited 400 Scottish communities by the time it reaches the end of its journey in Glasgow on July 23, in time for the opening ceremony.

Announcing the full list of communities on the baton’s journey, Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman, Michael Cavanagh said:“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 journey through the country is the ideal opportunity for people to celebrate community sport and show support for their local athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014. We hope everyone the length and breadth of the country will get behind the team and play their part in what is going to be an amazing home Games!”

The relay is intended to reflect the important role of sport by visiting schools, sporting facilities and leisure centres, encouraging communities to get behind Team Scotland, get involved with the Games and using its profile to get more people participating in sport.

The baton relay was first held before the 1958 Games in Cardiff, and has been held for every Commonwealth Games since.