Queen’s Baton bearers gearing up for relay

Four Blue Toon sports men and women are preparing for their prestigious Commonwealth Games baton bearer roles

The town’s JogScotland chairman Stephen Bruce - who was lucky enough to carry the Olympic torch two years ago - has been selected alongside Jennifer Robertson, Ewan Calder and Caitlain Willox.

JENNIFER ROBERTSON AND STEPHEN BRUCE GET IN SOME RUNNING PRACTICE FOR THEIR STINT WITH THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES BATON.(RAE/BROWN)

JENNIFER ROBERTSON AND STEPHEN BRUCE GET IN SOME RUNNING PRACTICE FOR THEIR STINT WITH THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES BATON.(RAE/BROWN)

The Queen’s Baton relay has toured the Commonwealth nations in the build up to the 20th games later this summer.

Set to visit Aberdeenshire on June 29, by a stroke of luck the tour has overlapped with Peterhead’s annual Running Festival.

Baton bearer and festival organiser Stephen Bruce said: “I’m really excited.

“I just heard last week I’ll be carrying the baton through town.

Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton

Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton

“One of our other JogScotland members Jennifer Robertson is passing the baton to me.

“And there’s so much else going on that day.

“It’s hard to get across how big a day it will be for Peterhead.

“When we realised the baton was coming to Aberdeenshire on June 29 we fought to get it to Peterhead, we fought to have the relay finish here in the town.

“We’re just wanting the whole community to turn out to make it a really fun day for Peterhead.”

The relay, which will visit the city of 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.

On the Sunday celebrations will start in Stonehaven before visiting Banchory, Dunecht, Kintore, Port Elphinstones, Inverurie, Oldmeldrum, Turriff, Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh and Mintlaw.

Around 6.15pm the bearers will carry the Queen’s Baton through Peterhead before the evening celebrations at Catto Park.

Last week the Buchanie reported that organisers hope the pagaent at Balmoor Stadium will see the local community turn out in droves.

Artistic director for Peterhead’s Modo group 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.”

The relay route will be clearly signposted one week prior to the event and there will be no parking or waiting on the route itself.