£32k cost of Queen’s Baton Relay through Falkirk

The Queen's Baton Relay passed through the Falkirk area on June 24. Picture: Alistair Pryde (141260_099)
The Queen's Baton Relay passed through the Falkirk area on June 24. Picture: Alistair Pryde (141260_099)

It cost more than £32,000 to host the Falkirk leg of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay – with over £1200 spent on toilets.

The biggest amount of money – £8,425 – was spent on sound and stages followed by £5,453 for ‘Commonwealth branding’ as part of the £32,625 cost of the massive event.

The bill was picked up by Falkirk Council which contributed to the £1.7 million total Scottish local authorities spent on the relays on the 40-day tour between June 14 and July 23 in the run-up to the opening of the Games. The council said this week the relay event and the Games have helped bring a lasting legacy to the Falkirk area as well as economic benefits through visitors.

A council spokesman said: “The Baton Relay and The Commonwealth Games brought a huge interest to the Falkirk area this summer and we’re pleased that both events were very successful for everyone involved.

“The Commonwealth Games left us a fantastic legacy with sports equipment and improvements to Grangemouth Stadium meaning that future athletes will benefit hugely.”

The other costs were: hire of vans and fuel, £284.33; A1 frames for 17 sports at Helix Park, £873.12; sundries, £109.18; sports equipment, hi-vis vests, £2787.50; mobile toilets £1220; coaches and dance artists, £234; printing/copying, advertising, £561.50; MC for wheel and Helix, £400; subsistence, £369; portable cabin for Helix performers, £1705.28; generator hire, £160; security, £3633; club coaches, £57.50; stewarding, £420.86; traffic regulation order, £705; transport, £226; musicians/performers, £5000. The figures were obtained by the BBC from Freedom of Information requests.

Thousands of people lined the streets of the district as the baton made its way through Denny, Larbert, Stenhousemuir, Bainsford, Falkirk and Grangemouth as well as stops at the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel.

Local people who were chosen to carry the baton said it was an experience they would “never forget”. Baton carrier Conor Gordon (18), from Redding, was nominated by Active Scotland, for which he volunteers.

“It’s been a great experience and one I am unlikely to ever forget,” he said.

Caroline Lawless of Falkirk Victoria Harriers said: “It was such an honour to be chosen to represent Falkirk.”