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Flying the flag for the Glasgow Games

The Queen's Baton held beside the 2nd team banner for East Dunbartonshire Council in Windhoek, Namibia, on Wednesday 29 January 2014. Namibia is nation 33 of 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to be visited by the Queen's Baton.

The Queen's Baton held beside the 2nd team banner for East Dunbartonshire Council in Windhoek, Namibia, on Wednesday 29 January 2014. Namibia is nation 33 of 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to be visited by the Queen's Baton.

Thanks for backing us - that’s the message to people in East Dunbartonshire from athletes from an African country more than 5,500 miles away.

Locals have been asked to roar on Namibia at the Glasgow Games as part of the ‘Support a Second Team’ campaign - a programme of events to engage the cultures of the Commonwealth and develop further links.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Baton arrived in Namibia recently, when young athletes flew the flag for East Dunbartonshire.

It’s the latest in a number of events to bring the disparate communities closer together - with the Balmore Trust planning a show of Namibian art in the run-up to the games.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “It’s wonderful to see that the people of Namibia are keen to build links between their beautiful country and East Dunbartonshire.

“I was delighted to see young people in Namibia ‘fly the flag’ for East Dunbartonshire and I’m sure we will return the favour when the Games begin on 23 July.

“I look forward to cheering on Namibia, as well as Scotland and our other ‘second teams’, Norfolk Island and Jamaica, when the Games begin.”

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Jamaica on April 5.

 

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