Thousands line streets for Queen’s Baton relay

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The Queen’s Baton has almost completed its journey through Falkirk district.

Thousands of people cheered it on its way as it made stops at several notable locations during the course of the day.

The baton was cheered throughout its journey through the district

The baton was cheered throughout its journey through the district

And many are now heading to the Helix Park for the climax of this stage of the relay.

The Queen’s Baton, which is touring the country ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, arrived in the Falkirk district this morning and made its way from Denny, through Camelon and along Falkirk High Street to the Callendar Park where more than 500 people were in attendance.

It was welcomed by hundreds of cheering schoolchildren from local primary and high schools, many of whom were waving flags for the occasion.

The loudest cheers of the day were however reserved for Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde, who spent time shaking hands with many of the crowd.

Among the baton carriers was Conor Gordon (18) from Redding. He was nominated for the role by Active Scotland, for which he volunteers.

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

The afternoon included trips to Bo’ness and Grangemouth Stadium before moving on to the Helix.

Among those charged with carrying the baton at the stadium was Caroline Lawless of Falkirk Victoria Harriers.

She said: ‘‘It was such an honour to be chosen to represent Falkirk. I’m usually here training in my lunchtime, so it’s a bit different from what I’m used to!

“I’m always going to remember running down that home straight. It was a great feeling with the Falkirk Victoria Harriers running alongside me in their club vests – it was a special moment.

Commonwealth Games shooter Shirley McIntosh, whose daughter is also a medallist, said: ‘‘It’s a great honour and real a family event. The girls are carrying it tomorrow and my husband Donald will be carrying it in Elgin next week.’’

“Jen is training at the moment while Seonaid is mixing training with finishing off school – it’s her last ever day at Dollar Academy on Thursday so it’s quite an emotional time.’’