Western Isles celebrate Queen’s Relay

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The count-down to the Western Isles hosting its leg in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay continues at pace.

Travelling from Barra to the Butt of Lewis on Tuesday, July 8th, a team of local Batonbearers will carry the Queen’s message; and South Uists’ Joseph MacInnes is one. Training regularly, the highly-motivated Joseph has been involved in Shinty and a member of Uist Camanachd for five years.

An enthusiastic team player, he was awarded ‘Most Improved Player’ when attending the Camanachd Association National Development Camp in 2013; and has since been made team captain!

And as the Baton moves north, Donna Macleod, from Benbecula, will take her turn in running the Queen’s relay, nominated for being a ‘fantastic’ assistant young leader, one who all the children like and respect, and a volunteer who the youth club committee are massively grateful too.

And as well as the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay Evening Celebration Event – held in Perceval Square and featuring the Commonwealth Youth Circus, music and entertainment – Highlands and Islands Enterprise are also marking the historic occasion with events in Lionacleit and Stornoway.

From 11.30am to 1pm on July 8th, there will be a special session for local businesses at the HIE offices in Lioncleit where HIE representatives will discuss opportunities for increasing and entering new international markets.

Then from 1pm to 2pm it’s fun for all the family at a public session with mini Commonwealth games for children and a cooking demonstration by Marcello Tully, Head Chef at the Michelin starred Kinloch Lodge in the Isle of Skye.

The next HIE event takes place in An Lanntair Gallery, Stornoway, from 4pm to 6pm and will focus on opportunities for the future for young people.