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Baton’s Angus route revealed

The Commonwealth Games Baton, which contains a message from Her Majesty The Queen

The Commonwealth Games Baton, which contains a message from Her Majesty The Queen

Forfar, Glamis, Kirriemuir and Northmuir have all been included on the route the Queen’s Baton Relay will take through the county in June.

The baton will be carried through Angus as part of its journey around Scotland, which will end in Glasgow on July 23.

A message from Her Majesty The Queen, which is contained in the baton, will be read out at the games’ opening ceremony.

The announcement was made at the beginning of the week but local nominees for the role of baton-bearer will have to wait until the end of this month to find out if their applications have been successful.

The baton will pass through Monifieth, Carnoustie, East Haven, Arbroath, Forfar, Glamis, Kirriemuir, Northmuir, Brechin and Montrose on Saturday, June 28 and the county’s inclusion on the route has been welcomed by Councillor Jeanette Gaul, chairwoman of the Angus Games Steering Group.

She said: “Everyone loves the Queen’s Baton Relay and like a lot of people, I have been following the baton as it makes its way across the Commonwealth.

“With 128 days until the Games begin, we’re getting ready to welcome the athletes and spectators to Angus. The party will be getting started in Angus with the arrival of the baton on Saturday, June 28 and I know there will be a warm welcome from Angus residents and to the local heroes who will carry the baton.

“There is still time for local groups to apply for Celebrate funding if they want to hold an event before or during the 2014 Games. It would be excellent to keep this momentum building over the coming months and I encourage local groups to come forward with their ideas for activities.”

Groups in Angus who are interested in finding out more about funding opportunities can contact Angus Council’s external funding team at externalfunding@angus.gov.uk or by telephoning 01307 473221/2.

When it arrives in Scotland on June 14, the baton will have been on 248-day epic global journey through all other 69 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

The 40-day tour around Scotland will cover 8,000 kilometres and include more than 400 communities, showcasing the nation’s most-iconic landmarks and culture.

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from July 23 to August 3.

It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4,500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers.

 

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