Local heroes played their part in Games’ success

Lenzie Youth Club coach Ian Stevenson was one of the local baton-bearers.
Lenzie Youth Club coach Ian Stevenson was one of the local baton-bearers.

Local heroes who helped make the Commonwealth Games a golden success have been praised for their hard work and dedication.

East Dunbartonshire residents volunteered as Clydesiders and supported the Games - as well as a whole range of events in the lead-up to the major sporting event.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Well done to everyone who volunteered as Clyde-siders, took part in the opening and closing ceremonies, helped to stage the sporting events and who went along to clap and cheer competitors from all over the Commonwealth.

“It is the people who made the Games such a triumph and I’m delighted to say that East Dunbartonshire residents played a key role.

“I also want to commend all the competitors from East Dunbartonshire. Many received support in this area at school and local clubs and they were a credit to their communities.”

More than 12,000 people flocked to see The Queen’s Baton Relay in East Dunbartonshire and cheer on over 100 local heroes who carried it.

Councillor Geekie said:“There was a great deal of work done in the lead-up to the arrival of the Baton and on the day itself - with the council working in harmony with our partners in the police, fire service and organisers at Glasgow 2014.”

Chief Inspector Rob Hay said: “Well done to everyone involved for their efforts to ensure the Baton event procession was a great success.”

Work is ongoing to ensure a lasting Games Legacy locally - with the council joining forces with EDLC Trust and others.

Trust chairman Scott Hill said: “I believe the Games will have a lasting impact locally - inspiring people to get involved in sport and take steps towards fitter lifestyles.”