Provost welcomes Commonwealth baton visit in 2014

Jill Webster
Jill Webster

Aberdeenshire Provost Cllr Jill Webster has said she “very much looks forward” to welcoming to Commonwealth Games baton as it travels to the region next year.

The baton, containing a message from the Queen, will be in Aberdeenshire on June 29 2014 as part of the 40 days it spends in Scotland before travelling to the Games host city Glasgow on July 23 for the opening ceremony.

This week at Buckingham Palace in a ceremony involving Olympic and Commonwealth athletes, Sir Chris Hoy and Allan Wells MBE and young people from Scotland and the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, placed Her message into the baton.

It will now embark on a 190,000km, 248-day international journey around the nations taking part in the Games.

The games now need up to 4,000 people to be the batonbearers carrying the baton towards its final destination and the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

Nominations can be made online on the Commonwealth Games website.

Provost Webster said: “This is a great opportunity to have community figures play an active part in the relay, and I would encourage the people of Aberdeenshire to put forward their nominations...”