Falkirk eagerly awaits arrival of Queen’s Baton

The Queen’s Commonwealth Games Baton is fast approaching Falkirk and plans are in place to mark its arrival and make it a day to remember.

Passing through Denny on the morning of Tuesday, June 24, the baton, carried by a hundred handpicked local people.

Jennifer McIntosh and Provost Pat Reid

Jennifer McIntosh and Provost Pat Reid

It will make stops in Larbert, Carron, Bainsford, Camelon, Falkirk town centre and Grangemouth before arriving at The Helix Park for a spectacular pre-Commonwealth Games party of epic proportions.

Provost Pat Reid said: “Excitement is building in the local area, especially in our schools where many pupils have been taking part in Going for Glasgow, a Commonwealth Games-themed activity.

“We have some spectacular events planned to take place on the day and hope as many people as possible come along to cheer the baton on its way.”

Scores of community organised events are being planned along the route with choirs, rock bands, dance groups and local sports clubs putting on shows and displays at various venues including Denny High School, The Falkirk Wheel, Callendar Park and Grangemouth Stadium.

The final event of the day takes place at The Helix where the official ceremony will include performances by Falkirk Youth Dance Company and folk legend Brian McNeil and friends.

Here is the route and times for this year’s Queen’s Baton Relay:

8 a.m. Stirling Street and Broad Street (Denny); 8.15 a.m. Denny High School (Denny); 8.44 a.m. Forth Valley Royal Hospital (Larbert); 9.14 a.m. Bellsdyke Road, Muirhall Road, Main Street, Kirk Avenue, Carrongrange Road (Larbert); 9.56 a.m. New Carron Road, Ronades Road (Carron/Bainsford); 10.11 a.m. Main Street, Glasgow Road (Camelon); 10.29 a.m.

The Falkirk Wheel (Tamfourhill); 11.53 a.m. Port Downie, Lock 16, Glenfuir Road (Camelon); 12.22 p.m. Camelon Road, High Street, (Falkirk); 12.48 a.m. Callendar Park (Falkirk); 4.22 p.m.

Sports Stadium, Kersiebank Avenue (Grangemouth); 5.28 p.m. Bo’ness Road (Grangemouth); 6 p.m. Devon Street (Grangemouth Old Town); 6.45 p.m. The Kelpies (Falkirk).