Commonwealth Games baton on way to Cumbernauld

The Queen's Baton Relay arrives in Galloway on June 19
The Queen's Baton Relay arrives in Galloway on June 19

The Queen’s Baton Relay, a key part of the buildup to the Commonwealth Games, will pass through Cumbernauld on Monday, June 23.

From Stepps at 8am the baton will tour North Lanarkshire before becoming the star attraction at celebrations in Strathclyde Country Park.

Residents are expected to line the route and cheer on the local heroes such as Stuart Kerr and Ron Roger who have been chosen as baton bearers.

Summerlee Museum will also host a two-day exhibition and 700 children will take part in Games-related sports activities at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate communities and friendship in North Lanarkshire and across the Commonwealth,” said Provost Jim Robertson.

“For the local people who will carry the baton it will be a very proud day and we want to recognise their achievements and cheer them on. It’s also a call for everyone to get behind Team Scotland and show our support for the athletes as they get ready to compete for medals at the Games.

“So I hope the people of North Lanarkshire will give the Queen’s Baton Relay and our baton bearers a very warm reception and make it a day to remember as we build towards North Lanarkshire playing its part as a Proud Host Venue for the Games, with the Triathlon at Strathclyde Park and part of the Cycling Time Trial in the Northern Corridor.”

For more information on the route, Commonweath Games-related activities and the events taking place in North Lanarkshire are available at www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/getready.

The baton relay arrives in Scotland on June 14. The relay ends with the arrival of the baton at the Opening Ceremony on July 23.

In 2012 the Olympic Torch was greeted with an enthusiastic welcome from locals on its journey down Carbrain Ring Road, and it is hoped the people of Cumbernauld will come out in numbers.