Saturday is a ‘relay’ good day to celebrate

The Queen's Baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
The Queen's Baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

A day-long celebration is planned as Angus welcomes the Queen’s Baton Relay on Saturday.

Angus Provost Helen Oswald will welcome the baton to Angus in Monifieth at 8.21 a.m. after the baton makes its way from Dundee.

We will be covering the Queen’s Baton Relay live as it passes through our area so follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #QBRangus

Organised events for the day include:

East Haven

The baton is expected to arrive at 11.18 a.m. by bicycle along the coastal path. The batonbearers will be greeted with a celebratory event which will see the newly completed Beechgrove Community Garden, eight large wooden cradles which have been creatively turned into boats with sails in the Commonwealth colours. These are planted with flowers in the commonwealth colours. When the Queen’s Relay Baton arrives the carrier will climb up on to our boat to hold up the Baton. This will be a great celebratory moment for the community and an iconic image of the Queen’s Relay Baton in Angus.

Glamis Castle

Welcome and cheer on the batonbearers as they run the mile-long road up to Glamis Castle on the Glamis Estate at 2.46 p.m. Visitors will be treated to photo opportunities and crowd entertainers at this stunning location.

Neverland Playpark, Kirriemuir

Come along to the action-packed afternoon of events for all the family. The event starts at 11am and will welcome the baton at 3.56 p.m. Join in with the bucking bronco, bounce on the bouncy castle, get your face painted or why not have a bite to eat at the BBQ and enjoy the live bands.


Montrose Sports Centre playing fields hosts the end of day event. The event will start at 1pm with ‘It’s a Commonwealth Knockout’ run by the Montrose Emergency Services Group. Also available from 1 p.m. for everyone to try will be sports activities, music and dance taster events, a bouncy castle, A Taste of Angus cooking demonstrations and lots of local community stalls.

As the afternoon moves into early evening, there will be events taking place on the main stage from 4 to 7.30 p.m. Spectators will be treated to live music from Fubar, Peyton Place and Gleadhraich along with performances from Delma Wilson’s School of Dancing and Montrose Academy’s Rock Challenge.

As the day draws to a close, Angus Council Leader, Iain Gaul, hands the baton over to Aberdeenshire.

Speaking ahead of the day, Provost Helen Oswald said: “Saturday will be a day of celebration and community spirit. A day where we will have the chance to honour and cheer our local batonbearers – all of whom have been selected for the superb contribution they make to Angus life.

“In addition to having the honour of welcoming the baton to Angus, I also share in the excitement of cheering on one of my family members as my son-in-law Darren Burnett will be carrying the baton in Arbroath on Saturday morning.”

Chair of the Angus Commonwealth Games steering group, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “On its way to us the baton has passed through thousands of hands across the Commonwealth nations and territories. Its 190,000km journey will end in Glasgow in just 26 days’ time and that’s when Scotland’s party will really start!

“Angus is part of this party too, with all of the Commonwealth Games shooting events taking place at our very own Barry Buddon near Carnoustie. Angus is honoured to have been part of today’s baton relay and we are proud to be a venue for the twentieth Commonwealth Games.”