Queen’s Baton route announced

It was announced this week that the Queen’s Baton relay will visit Galloway on Thursday, June 19, passing through Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Newton Stewart and Stranraer.

Commenting on the route, Galloway MP Russell Brown said: “It is a great that the Queen’s Baton will be visiting towns from one end of the region to the other. It will allow local people to feel part of the Commonwealth Games. When the Olympic Torch came to our region in 2012, there were massive crowds to welcome it and I am sure it will be the same this time.”

South of Scotland MSP Dr Aileen McLeod added: “The Commonwealth Games is going to be a real extravaganza of sport that the whole of Scotland will benefit from. The baton relay is one way of highlighting that.

“There will be around 100 baton bearers who will have the honour of carrying the baton through Dumfries & Galloway. It’s sure to be a great day, not just for those lucky enough to play such a prominent part but for everyone who is able to cheer them on and help welcome the games back to Scotland.

“Everyone involved in the games is acutely aware of the importance of ensuring a lasting benefit from them for the whole of Scotland, one which will promote sport, active living and provide improved facilities across the country.

“It’s going to be a fantastic summer of sport for the whole of Scotland and I’m delighted that Dumfries & Galloway will play a prominent part”

The Domestic Sector of the Queen’s Baton Relay showcases all that Scotland and Glasgow have to offer — from stunning scenery and architecture to famous culture and hospitality. It gives the people of Scotland the chance to come out and line the streets, showing their support for Team Scotland and the Games.

Up to 4,000 batonbearers will have the honour of carrying the baton, including those nominated in recognition of their contributions to local sport, community and youth. The batonbearer nomination and selection process will be supported

by Commonwealth Games Scotland. Approximately 100 batonbearers will carry the baton each day, and the relay will reach hundreds of villages, towns and cities during its 40 days in Scotland.

The relay will reflect the important role that sport plays in local communities

by visiting schools, sporting venues and leisure & recreation centres, with events and activities supported by the sportscotland Active Schools Network. From festivals to sports days to decorating the high street, people will be able mark the baton’s arrival in all sorts of creative and inspiring ways.

As the relay is embraced by communities all over Scotland, it will act as an exciting, dramatic and inclusive countdown to the Games.

The 288 day relay concludes on 23 July 2014 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.