Organisers expect packed house for baton celebration

Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Photocall ,Pollok Park  Glasgow
Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Photocall ,Pollok Park Glasgow

A whole host of sporting and cultural activities have been arranged to coincide with the arrival of the Commonwealth Games baton in Peterhead.

The Queen’s Baton is currently touring the Commonwealth nations in the build up to the the 20th games in July.

Martin Danziger, Creative Director of Theatre Modo

Martin Danziger, Creative Director of Theatre Modo

Set to be held at Peterhead Football Club’s Balmoor Stadium on Sunday, June 29, Peterhead residents can expect to enjoy a festival of sport which will include a football tournament, the annual Running Festival, children’s activities such as a climbing wall, bouncy castle and zorbing balls as well as evening entertainment.

Peterhead’s Modo group is helping to organise the event.

Artistic director Martin Danziger said: “There are now more than 500 participants and because of the nature of the event we can bring in performance groups and sports groups.

“It will be a crazy mix.

“We want to help Peterhead show hom many groups are involved in the community and the diversity we have in the town.

“One one level the arrival of the baton is exciting and so is 500 local young people taking part.”

Peterhead FC’s chief executive Nat Porter said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Queens Baton Relay on 29th June.

“It is extremely special to have the Games come to Scotland and great to have the Baton come to Peterhead.

“I hope that the weather is favourable and the people of Peterhead turn up in high numbers to witness a unique occasion.

“With the football tournament, the running festival, children’s activities,live entertainment and of course the League trophy to show off it promises to be an excellent family day out.”

Groups participating in the sporting pageant include: Anna Ritchie School, Buchanhaven Football Teams, CircoModo, Guides, JogScotland, Lawrence Dance Academy, Mutiny Tribal Belly Dancers, Old Blind Dogs, Peterhead Boxing Club, Peterhead Sailing Club, Peterhead Sea Cadets, Red Brick Theatre Group, Rock Challenge, Serena Wilson School of Highland Dance, Step Up Dance Group, Willowbank Day Centre and Zumba.

The football and running festivals are scheduled to begin at 11am and 1pm respectively and the Baton Relay celebration from 6pm inside Balmoor.

Entry to the stadium will be free but ticketed.

A Day of sporting and cultural activities to celebrate the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay to Peterhead. Featuring the Peterhead Running Festival and The Buchanhaven Football Festival in Catto Park and the Aberdeenshire Queen’s Baton Relay Celebration event in the Stadium.