Commonwealth games baton comes to East Dunbartonshire

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The route of the East Dunbartonshire leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay, which leads up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, has been revealed.

It will visit the area on Saturday, July 19 and will pass through Bearsden, Milngavie, Bardowie, Torrance, Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie, Twechar, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie and Bishopbriggs.

The baton is currently in the Caribbean as it tours 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth set to be represented at the games.

It will arrive in Edinburgh on Saturday, June 14 and will visit all parts of Scotland over the following 40 days, arriving in Glasgow just before the games start on July 23.

Up to 4,000 batonbearers will take part in the Scottish relay, with an average of 100 people carrying the baton daily.

At the Opening Ceremony of Glasgow 2014 in Celtic Park, the Queen will read out the message she placed inside the baton before its marathon 190,000km trip around the world.

The baton is currently in St Lucia in the Caribbean. It will reach Canada by the end of April before heading to European destinations such as Cyprus and Malta and Gibraltar.

It will arrive in Scotland after spending a month travelling around the other nations and territories of the British Isles - Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people across Scotland to celebrate what’s extraordinary and unique about their communities, and honour those locals who make a difference to others.

“The baton is visiting hundreds of villages, towns and cities, with thousands taking part in the relay, and many more attending the vast programme of sports and cultural events along the route.

“With less than three months to go until the baton comes home to Scotland, the momentum is building up for the biggest festival of sport and culture this nation has ever hosted.”