Music, fireworks, cheers ... and midges greeted the Queen’s Baton Relay at Falkirk’s latest iconic landmark.
Basketball player Keith Bunyan carried the baton aloft as it arrived at the canal basin in the shadow of the Kelpies. He was following in the footsteps of his father John, after the basketball coach had carried the baton by boat from The Falkirk Wheel earlier in the day on its historic journey through the district.
Youngsters from the National Youth Choir of Scotland burst into song as the cheering crowd tried to get a glimpse of the baton which is being carried by 4000 batonbearers around Scotland over 40 days.
As it was carried through the Helix Park the final batonbearers were cheered and clapped on their journey before former Commonwealth Games gold medal gymnast Steve Frew of Grangemouth brought it to the Great Lawn where it was formally handed over for the next stage of its route through Clackmannanshire.
Beforehand, Frew said: “It’s a real honour and a privilege. To be passing on the baton is really exciting, especially in my home town because this is where it all started for me.”
The crowd were then treated to an ‘interview’ with Games Mascot Clyde and a chance to see all the day’s batonbearers, music from the massed choir and young people’s orchestra, as well as a first chance to hear musician Brian McNeill’s specially composed ‘Kelpies Suite’.
Then it was time to head home to await the start of the Games on July 23.