I said in this column a couple of weeks ago that I was likely to miss the Queen’s Baton on its tour through the area as I would be stuck inside co-ordinating the live coverage and planning pictures for the paper.
Sadly, that proved to be the case.
Although I was able to get a sense of the excitement through the tweets, slideshows and videos which emanated from the office I thought I’d lost the chance to see the baton itself.
But all that changed on Sunday.
Despite a gloomy morning we thought we’d take the chance and head to Blair Drummond Safari Park for the day.
After enduring a couple of showers, we were rewarded with the sun splitting the sky for the next few hours and a great time was had by all.
We were just about to head home when an announcement came over the tannoy that the Queen’s Baton Relay would shortly be heading through the park.
My ears pricked up and I immediately sought out a suitable vantage point.
I ended up at the exact point the baton was to be exchanged and enjoyed a close-up view of the handover and intricate organisation involved in the process.
And I was proud to eventually be part of it in some small way.