Falkirk baton bearers urged to come forward

St Mungo's High School pupils and baton carriers Molly Williamson (14) and Conor Gordon (18)
St Mungo's High School pupils and baton carriers Molly Williamson (14) and Conor Gordon (18)

Falkirk’s First Citizen is calling on all baton bearers to step up and claim their once-in-a-lifetime chance to be involved in the Commonwealth Games.

More than 100 residents across the Falkirk Council area, including St Mungo’s High School pupils Molly Williamson (14) and Connor Gordon (18), have been selected to carry the iconic symbol that has already travelled across dozens of countries throughout the Commonwealth on its way to Glasgow.

Falkirk Community Trust (FCT) is looking to recognise these individuals as they carry the baton through a number of towns and villages in the local area when it visits on Tuesday June 24.

However, only a handful of names have been released to date and FCT organisers are looking to ensure baton bearers have every opportunity to take part in events and activities planned around the visit.

Provost Pat Reid, who sat on the baton bearer selection panel, said: “Some of the names already announced as baton bearers are well known and some less so. The fact remains everyone who is selected has made a significant contribution to our area across a number of disciplines and we are keen they are recognised for their efforts.”

Ian Scott, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, said: “One hundred local individuals have been recognised for the work and effort they have given to our local communities. We want them to come forward and share their experiences so that we can invite them to be part of celebrations we have planned.”

A full timetable of events where the baton will feature locally will be published soon.