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Buchan’s big baton day out

QUEENS BATON   (BUCHAN/BROWN)

MASCOT CLYDE MEETS A GROUP OF BELLY DANCERS

QUEENS BATON (BUCHAN/BROWN) MASCOT CLYDE MEETS A GROUP OF BELLY DANCERS

Thousands of cheering well wishers lined the streets in communities across Buchan on Sunday to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay.

As expectation builds towards what organisers believe will be the greatest Commonwealth Games yet, people young and old turned out to see the symbolic baton.

After visiting Mintlaw, Macduff, Banff and Fraserburgh the baton - which has toured nations from across the Commonwealth - wound its way through the streets of Peterhead to a grand pageant of sports and performing arts at Balmoor Stadium.

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster said: “It was fantastic to see that the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay has been enjoyed by so many people.

“There was a wonderful and enthusiastic turnout every step of the way and a warm welcome was received from all.

“This truly was a very special day and I cannot thank enough all those who made it possible.

“The lead-up to the Games is well and truly underway and I wish the team a safe passage as it passes through the rest of Scotland on the road to Glasgow.

Nearly 100 batonbearers ran during the day which began at Dunnottar Castle and culminated in a glittering evening of entertainment at Balmoor

Banff and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford told the Buchanie: “It’s been a great day for Peterhead and it’s such an important day for Scotland with the Commonwealth Games on the horizon.

“We had the whole town turning out - we had dancers, we had brownies and guides, we had the sea cadets, the Rotary Club and the Theatre Modo group.

“We were able to show what the town is about as we welcomed the baton bearers through.

“We also hada great roup of baton bearers with people from the local community involved.”

The 1.6kg commermorative baton was held aloft by a whole host of people during the day, including Olympian Shona Marshall, Running Festival organiser Stephen Bruce and inspirational Peterhead man Harry Watson.

Mr Watson, a renowned fundraiser who has learning difficulties, carried the baton through Macduff and was cheered on by a bus load of his friends and family.

He said: “It has been absolutely magic. It couldn’t have got any better, and hearing those people cheering was very special.”

Police Scotland superintendent Mark Cooper praised all involved for ensuring the event passed without incident.

 

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