Montrose gets set to go Commonwealth crazy

Angus Council has announced an end of day community celebration at the Montrose Sports Centre
Angus Council has announced an end of day community celebration at the Montrose Sports Centre

Montrose will be going all out for the Commonwealth Games with a special celebration to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Baton Relay passing through the town.

Angus Council has announced an end of day community celebration at the Montrose Sports Centre playing fields on Marine Avenue on Saturday, June 28.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through many Angus towns before finishing with a spectacular event in Montrose where the baton will be handed over to Aberdeenshire.

Chairwoman 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, June 28 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.”

The event starts at 1 p.m. with It’s a Commonwealth Knockout run by the Montrose Emergency Services Group (MESG), which will go on until 4 p.m.

There will be a host of sporting activities for visitors to try on the day, as well as stalls from local community groups and charities.

Ally Hutchison, MESG chairman, said: “The Its A Knockout Family Fun Day last year was a huge success and testament to partnership working in the community.

“We were contacted by Angus Council and asked if we could work together with them to provide this year’s event. With it being a Commonwealth Games event and Armed Forces Day, we jumped at the opportunity, especially as three members of our team are baton bearers during the Angus relay.

“The event will be huge and just one of many community events in the Montrose calendar this year. We are pleased to be part of it and will do our best to make it a great day out.”

This year’s It’s A Knockout teams are Tesco, GlaxoSmithKline, Air Training Corps, Police Scotland, Energie Fitness Gym, GE Oil and Gas, Montrose Sports Centre and Rossie Young Persons Trust, who will battle it out for the coveted toilet seat and shield.

All of the competitors will be presented with Commonwealth medals by five-year-old Aidan Thompson, from Montrose who has a rare neurological disorder which affects his ability to speak and move freely. The winning team will receive the toilet seat and the ‘It’s A Knockout’ shield. The event is free although there a suggested donation of £2 for Aidan’s Voice - the nominated MESG beneficiary for 2014 - which will be collected at the gate.

Some of the last year’s games have been retained, such as ‘Duel over the pool’ and ‘Bungee Run’, as well as new games for competitors to take part in.

Also available from 1 p.m. for everyone to try will be sports activities, music and dance taster events, a bouncy castle and A Taste of Angus cooking demonstrations.

As the afternoon moves into early evening, there will be events taking place on the main stage from 4 to 7.30 p.m.

Spectators will be treated to live music from Fubar, Peyton Place and Gleadhraich - who will perform the Angus Commonwealth song - along with performances from Delma Wilson’s School of Dancing and Montrose Academy’s Rock Challenge.

Paul Bush OBE, chief operating officer for 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.

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, one that will be remembered for years to come.”

Souvenir programmes will be handed to visitors on the day and car parking will be available at Montrose Academy.