Jamaican joy for East Dunbartonshire’s support

The Queen's Baton in Jamaica
The Queen's Baton in Jamaica

Thanks for racing to back us at the Commonwealth Games - that’s the message to people in East Dunbartonshire from Jamaica.

Countrymen and women of athletics superstar Usain Bolt have thanked locals for cutting a dash to support the Caribbean island.

Locals have been asked to cheer on Jamaica at the Glasgow 2014 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.

There might be more than 4,500 miles between Kirkintilloch and the Jamaican capital of Kingston, but that hasn’t stopped a firm bond being created.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Baton travelled through Jamaica last month and young well-wishers seized the chance to say thanks to East Dunbartonshire for the support (pictured).

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

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

“Excitement is really building as we get closer to the Commonwealth Games. It’s going to be a thrilling celebration of sport and also a great opportunity for local young people to learn about different cultures and countries.

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

The Jamaican team will be one of the most popular at the Games, with a host of elite sportsmen and women due to take part - possibly including the fastest man on the planet.

Sprinter Usain Bolt - the reigning Olympic champion over 100m and 200m, as well as the 4x100m sprint - is due to decide next month if he will compete in Glasgow.

However, the world record-holder is only one of a number of sizzling sports stars who hail from Jamaica and are poised to light up the Games.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel through East Dunbartonshire on July 19. It will be a day of celebration for people of all ages in local towns and villages, with a host of entertainment and events planned. Look out for more details soon.