With only five days to go until the arrival of the Commonwealth baton relay, the town of Peterhead is gearing up for a party to remember.
The Queen’s Baton relay coincides with the hugely popular annual running festival in the town on Sunday, June 29, and organisers are making final preparations for the day.
A spokesman for Peterhead Running Festival told the Buchanie more than 600 people had signed up for the various running events on Sunday, as well as 44 teams for the Primary School Football Gala.
A whole host of sporting and community events will run throughout the day at Catto Park and the baton is due to arrive after 6.30pm.
Several Peterhead residents including JogScotland chairman Stephen Bruce, Anna Ritchie School pupil Lucas Hewitson (pictured) and popular Asda shop assistant Harry Watson (see p.12) have been chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton in Aberdeenshire.
Anna Ritchie head Brenda Milne told the Buchanie the whole school was proud of Lucas’ achievements.
The celebrations will begin at 10.30am as teams register for the Buchanhaven Football Festival at Catto Park.
Games will kick off around 11am and will be accompanied by a BBQ, bouncy castle and face painting.
Participants in for the half marathon - which will take in a course stretching out from Catto Park along the North Road and then sweeping back along the West Road - are asked to register before 12.30pm.
Likewise runners for the Shell 5k should register by 12.45pm.
Both races begin 30 minutes after registration closes.
Throughout the day there will be teas and coffees available with home bakes and sandwiches in aid of Scottish Cot Death,
Zorbing and a climbing wall will also offer a treat to local children.
The school fun runs will take place later in the afternoon and parents are asked tor register before 3.30pm.
From 5pm the gates at Balmoor Stadium will open for spectators to begin pouring in for the Queen’s Baton party.
Entry to the stadium will be by free wristband only.
The party, which the Buchanie understands will see more than 400 performers warming up the crowd, is set to kick off at 6pm before the baton’s expected arrival at 6.45pm.
The Queen’s Baton relay has toured the Commonwealth nations in the build up to the 20th games later this summer.
The relay, which will visit Aberdeen the following day, is touring more than 400 Scottish communities in the lead up to what organisers believe will be the greatest games to date.