Commonwealth accolade for Aboyne teacher

A teacher who leads the Braemar Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) has been selected to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Malcolm MacIntyre, depute rector at Aboyne Academy, is one of thousands of people around the world who will be helping to carry the baton on its way to the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremony in Glasgow.

He will represent Braemar Mountain Rescue team after the band of volunteers received a nomination for the prestigious accolade from Aboyne Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Geva Blackkett.

Mr MacIntyre will be one of the lucky few with the honour of carrying the baton part of the way on its journey as it reaches Aberdeen City and Shire on June 29-30.

The baton will arrive in Aberdeenshire on Sunday, June 29, with celebrations starting in Stonehaven at 7.30am.

It will then leave Dunnottar Castle and make its way to its final location in Peterhead, via Banchory, Dunecht, Kintore, Port Elphinstone, Inverurie, Oldmeldrum, Turriff, Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh and Mintlaw.

By the time it reaches Glasgow, the baton will have visited 70 nations and territories, covering some 190,000 kilometres.

Along the way, it will have crossed Sydney Harbour Bridge, reached the forests of Rwanda and travelled from the Pacific Islands to the Rocky Mountains of Canada, as the relay showcases each nation and territory in the Commonwealth.

Cllr Blackett said: “They (BMRT) are the unsung heros of our community.

‘‘I really can’t think of many people more deserving of the opportunity to carry the baton.”

The baton relay will reach Glasgow just in time for the opening ceremony where Her Majesty The Queen will read aloud Her message to the Commonwealth.