Going to be ‘relay’ great!

Members of the Montrose Emergency Services Group (MESG) pictured outside Montrose Sports Centre.
Members of the Montrose Emergency Services Group (MESG) pictured outside Montrose Sports Centre.

Angus is gearing up to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) on Saturday, June 28.

As part of the celebration, Angus Council has announced an end of day community celebration at the Montrose Sports Centre playing fields.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through the Angus communities of Monifieth, Carnoustie, Easthaven, Arbroath, Forfar, Glamis, Kirriemuir, Brechin and finish with a spectacular event in Montrose.

The event will start at 1 p.m. with ‘It’s a Commonwealth Knockout’ run by Montrose Emergency Services Group. Also from 1 p.m. for everyone to try will be sports activities, music and dance tasters, a bouncy castle, A Taste of Angus cooking demonstrations and local community stalls.

As the afternoon moves into early evening, there will be events taking place on the main stage from 4 until 7.30 p.m. Spectators will be treated to live music from Fubar, Peyton Place and Gleadhraich along with performances from Delma Wilson’s School of Dancing and Montrose Academy’s Rock Challenge.

Speaking at the announcement, Chair of the Angus Games Steering Group, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “Everyone loves the Queen’s Baton Relay and like a lot of people, I have been following the baton as it makes its way across the Commonwealth. The party will be getting started in Angus with the arrival of the baton on Saturday 28 June and I’m sure that there will be a warm welcome from Angus residents and to the local heroes who will carry the baton.

“I know there’s been a lot of work by the council and community groups to make sure that our end of day celebrations are a huge success. Looking at this action packed event, I know that there will be something for every generation.”

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games Shona Robison said: “The XX Commonwealth Games are fast approaching and, as we gear up to what will be the best Games ever, I am delighted that the Games for Scotland programme is going strong, encouraging communities across the country to feel part of the excitement that is building around the event.

“The programme, which is part of our Legacy 2014 pledge, has already inspired thousands of people in Scotland to take part in sport and cultural activities. We are showing the world that we are a nation proud of our culture and diversity – and that this legacy will continue long after the closing ceremony of the Games at Hampden Park.”

Paul Bush OBE, EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be working with Angus Council to deliver an inspiring and motivating event, building excitement in the run up to the Games. The Games for Scotland programme has been spreading the message of the Games around Scotland’s communities since 2010 and has proved to be hugely popular. The diverse programme of sport and dance events, which this year additionally celebrate the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay, extend the legacy of the Games beyond the host city to benefit communities throughout Scotland.”

David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is an opportunity for thousands of people across Scotland to join the celebrations of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. By cheering on baton bearers and joining the events and activities in their communities, people up and down the nation will be taking part in a unique moment.”