Games souvenir for Kirkintilloch

A Commonwealth Games memento is on its way to Kirkintilloch in the shape of a permanent bike stand deployed at the Southbank Marina.

East Dunbartonshire Council and the Leisure and Culture Trust have secured the Legacy 2014-branded ‘Sheffield stand’ as a reminder of Glasgow 2014.

Workplaces and higher education establishments were invited to bid through the Legacy 2014 programme and the council has been announced as one of the successful applicants.

The bike rack will now be positioned at the marina due to its prominence and proximity to the National Cycle Network.

It is also near the new Lairdsland Primary School, which has been taking shape in the year of the games.

East Dunbartonshire’s Active Schools team have also netted a small number of sports items as part of the 2014 Legacy.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “I am pleased that we will own a piece of the games in the form of new cycle parking at the marina.

“As an authority we are committed to encouraging and enabling people to be more active — promoting sustainable transport, improving health and reducing congestion.

“The 2014 Commonwealth Games were a tremendous success and the memories forged on special days such as the visit of the Queen’s Baton Relay to East Dunbartonshire on July 19 will always be treasured.

“We are also delighted to receive a small amount of sports equipment, which will be used to help inspire the next generation of sporting heroes.”