Town festival to celebrate Games Baton

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An exciting programme of activities is planned for the week leading up to the Commonwealth Games Baton coming to Milngavie.

The week long Milngavie Alive initiative kicks-off on July 14 and is a collaboration between Milngavie Youth Centre and local businesses. It is being co-ordinated under the Milngavie My Way Business Improvement District (BID)Company.

Following an application to the ‘Celebrate’ Lottery fund, a grant of £10,000 was given to promote a range of activities which will culminate in The Queen’s Baton relay coming to Milngavie and Bearsden Sports Hub at Auchenhowie on July 19.

Gordon McCorkindale, chairperson of Milngavie Youth Centre said: “The event is being very substantially funded by The Big Lottery Celebrate fund of which we are very grateful.

“We are keen to involve the whole community in celebrating what is a once in a lifetime occasion.

“East Dunbartonshire is the last place the baton will pass through before it goes into Glasgow.”

Mr McCorkindale added: “We want to celebrate the Commonwealth Games in a way that will involve as many people as possible and at the same time to create a carnival atmosphere in Milngavie during the week.”

Among the activities planned for the week is the popular Rotary Club of Allander Duck Race and a Big Lunch in the Youth Centre for around 80 invited local people; street entertainments will also run throughout the week, with the opportunity for people of all ages to take part in cycling, mountain biking, archery and a football festival at Oakburn Park.

There are also plans for a jazz concert in Milngavie Town Hall.

During the week young people will be handing out gifts of potted herbs to residents while a number of health and wellbeing events will be held in the village and at the Youth Centre in Mugdock Road.

Ian Lavrie from Allander Flooring, and vice chair of Milngavie My Way (BID) Company, said: “We are all delighted to be in partnership with Milngavie Youth Centre and hope it brings some great community spirit to the town.

“We are hoping to have a stage in the main precinct all week, for various acts to perform on, but that still has to be finalised.

“Garvie and Co restaurant is also planning to put on a special menu which will reflect the Commonwealth theme. This will be an exciting time for everyone.”