The Queen’s Baton will be arriving in the Western Isles on Monday 7th July and will visit numerous communities on its fleeting visit.
It will make its way north from Castlebay with Community Events also taking place in Daliburgh, Benbecula, Tarbert and Lionel with the Evening Celebration Event in Stornoway on Tuesday 8th prior to its departure on the ferry on Wednesday morning onwards to Orkney.
Comhairle Convener, Norman MacDonald, said, “We look forward to the arrival of the Queen’s Baton to our islands in July. This will be an historic occasion which will provide us with another opportunity to display the beauty of these islands to the rest of the country and indeed the Commonwealth nations. We will have a packed programme of events planned for the two days which will give people the opportunity to embrace the Games and show their support for Glasgow 2014. With the games being held in Glasgow this year we are sure that many visitors will be keen to extend their trip and visit the Western Isles; we look forward to welcoming them.”
The baton will visit over 400 communities in total, offering people across the nation a chance to be a part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The relay will reflect the important role of sport by visiting schools, sporting facilities and leisure centres, encouraging communities to get behind Team Scotland, and to get involved with the Games and using its profile to get more people participating in sport.
The Queen’s Baton Relay route in Scotland has been planned by Glasgow 2014 in partnership with Commonwealth Games Scotland and 32 Local Authorities. The relay is delivered in association with those Local Authorities.
Further highlights on the baton’s journey, as well as street level details and full programme of events, will be announced nearer the time.
On 31 March thousands of people will find out whether their nominations to become batonbearers have been successful.
When it arrives in Scotland on 14 June, the baton will have been on a 248-day global journey through all other 69 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
On 23 July, the message Her Majesty placed in the baton will be read at the Opening Ceremony.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is the world’s most engaging relay, a unique tradition of the Games that unites the two billion citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace. It will travel over 190,000 kilometres through 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
To follow the baton visit www.glasgow2014.com/batonrelay