Theresa is ‘relay’ excited

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A transport worker from Bearsden has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of carrying the Commonwealth Games baton.

Theresa Gault (54), who is Scotrail’s sponsorship and events manager based in Glasgow, will carry the Queen’s baton through East Dunbartonshire on Saturday, July 19.

Theresa is at the heart of Scotrail’s operational planning team for the Commonwealth Games and will work tirelessly to ensure rail services run smoothly during the Games.

In 2013 Theresa received Scotrail’s Outstanding Contribution to the Railway award.

She said: “I am absolutely ecstatic and astounded to have been chosen to take part in this unique event.

“It’s very exciting and I feel honoured.”

Theresa is one of 18 staff from FirstGroup who will be helping to transport the iconic baton as it travels through Scotland for 40 days from June to July.

The baton, which has visited 70 nations and territories since October last year, will then take a central role in the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 23.

All the staff involved in the relay are known for thier work for community groups or charities, or to improve public transport service for customers.

Chief executive of FirstGroup, Tim O’Toole, said: “We are proud of our Scottish heritage and the important role we play in connecting people and communities up and down Scotland, every day.

“Our employees at First Bus, First TransPennine Express and First ScotRail are well prepared to manage the extra demand for public transport services during Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“It will be a truly memorable experience for everyone involved, and for those taking part in the Queen’s baton relay in particular.”