Games baton is ‘relay’ on its way to Falkirk

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The Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through the Falkirk area as it makes its way to Glasgow for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Excitement is already building for the massive sporting event, which begins on July 23. But it will be at fever pitch when the relay comes to town on Tuesday, June 24, passing through Denny, Larbert, Stenhousemuir, Bainsford, Falkirk and Grangemouth.

Michael Cavanagh, Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games and signals the Games are just around the corner. The baton’s journey through the country is the ideal opportunity for people to celebrate community sport and show support for their local athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014.”

Youngsters from local primary and secondary schools have already been getting into the swing of things with a wide variety of initiatives and activities designed to promote an interest, and more participation, in sport and will be in the thick of the action when the relay passes through in June.

One of the main stopping off points on the whistlestop tour of 400 communities throughout the country will be the amazing 30 metre-high Kelpies, which have already proved a major attraction at the new Helix Park.

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a unique element of the Commonwealth Games which unites the two billion citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace.

“Since its launch last October, the Queen’s Baton has received a warm welcome across Asia, Oceania, Africa, the South Americas and the Caribbean as it visits all 70 nations and territories on its journey to the opening ceremony of the Games. It has been particularly successful in engaging children and young people in the Games.”

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