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Angus stop-off for baton’s world trip

Long distance: The Queens Baton Relay will be coming to Angus after visiting a number of exotic Commownealth nations, including Rwanda.

Long distance: The Queens Baton Relay will be coming to Angus after visiting a number of exotic Commownealth nations, including Rwanda.

The first glimpse of Glasgow 2014 will come to Angus this June as Her Majesty The Queen’s Baton Relay tours the county as part of the build up.

The Commonwealth Games organisers this week published the itinerary of the traditional baton relay which signals the beginning of the Games and will see it pass through, in order, Monifieth, Carnoustie, East Haven and Arbroath before heading off in to the rest of Angus.

Chair of the Angus Games Steering Group, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “Everyone loves the Queen’s Baton Relay and like a lot of people, I have been following the baton as it makes its way across the Commonwealth.

“With 128 days until the Games begin, we’re getting ready to welcome the athletes and spectators to Angus.

“The party will be getting started in Angus with the arrival of the baton on Saturday, June 28, and I know there will be a warm welcome from Angus residents and to the local heroes who will carry the baton.

“There is still time for local groups to apply for Celebrate funding if they want to hold an event before or during the 2014 Games.

“It would be excellent to keep this momentum building over the coming months and I encourage local groups to come forward with their ideas for activities.”

Groups in Angus who are interested in finding out more about funding opportunities can contact Angus Council’s external funding team: externalfunding@angus.gov.uk or by telephoning 01307 473221/2.

When it arrives in Scotland on 14 June, the baton will have been on 248-day global epic journey through all other 69 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

The 40-day journey around Scotland will cover 8,000 kilometres, showcasing the nation’s most-iconic landmarks and culture.

 

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