Baton set for Angus date

Commonwealth games mascot, Clyde, visited Hayshead primary on Wednesday afternoon.
Commonwealth games mascot, Clyde, visited Hayshead primary on Wednesday afternoon.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to visit Angus next year in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games which will be held in Glasgow.

On Saturday, June 28, the baton will be welcomed into Angus as it makes its way around Scotland, the UK and the Commonwealth.

Baton bearers are set to be chosen in recognition of their contribution to local sport, the community and youth projects.

It is estimated approximately 100 baton bearers will carry the baton each day, and the relay will reach more than 400 villages, towns and cities during its 40 days in Scotland.

The 288-day relay concludes just under a month later at the opening ceremony, when the baton is delivered back to Her Majesty The Queen.

After reading her message of welcome to the athletes of the Commonwealth, the games will officially begin.

And Shona Robison, Commonwealth Games minister and Dundee East MSP said: “As Scotland continues to gear up for the biggest sporting and cultural event we’ve ever hosted, the Queen’s Baton Relay domestic route offers a unique chance for people across the whole of the country to be involved with and engage in next year’s Commonwealth Games.

“When the baton returns to Scotland next June, it will travel the length and breadth of the country, visiting each local authority allowing everyone to join in the celebrations and experience a sense of pride and excitement in the games.

“The baton bearer public nomination campaign gives everyone in Scotland a chance to recognise up to 4,000 individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to their local community, in particular through sport or their work with young people. Help us reward those community spirited people.”

Nominations can be made online on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games website