The iconic Queen’s Baton Relay is set to visit the Isle of Arran ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Residents will be able to see the baton up close at the Ormidale pitches in Brodick on Sunday, June 19 as part of an afternoon celebrating sport and local heroes.
The event will have a fete-style theme with a carousel of sports, games and information stalls featuring North Ayrshire and Arran sports clubs. Clyde, the Team Scotland mascot, will also be in attendance.
During the day, the baton will be presented to a group of ‘remarkable’ individuals who have made a difference to the lives of others in their communities. Further details on this will be released later in the month.
The visit is part of a five-day tour of Scotland that will see the baton pass through Inverness, Ayrshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries.
Organized by North Ayrshire Council in partnership with Commonwealth Games Scotland and Team Scotland, the Arran leg will offer people a rare chance to be part of the excitement and celebrations.
In the run up to the event, primary schools across North Ayrshire will take part in the North Ayrshire young athletic championships on on Thursday, May 19 at St Matthew’s Academy in an effort to inspire budding athletes of the future.
Rhona Arthur, head of service (Connected Communities), said: “The much-anticipated visit will allow both residents of Arran and visitors to the island to come together in an afternoon of celebration as they try a range of sports and activities whilst experiencing the community spirit of the hard-working clubs on the Isle of Arran.
“Alongside the great work happening in our Active Schools, information & culture, economy and tourism teams, the much-anticipated visit provides a fantastic opportunity to not only come together to celebrate, but the perfect platform to encourage more people in North Ayrshire to get involved in sports.
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“Thank you to the local organizations and community groups alongside Team Scotland who are helping us to make the Queen’s Baton visit a day that local residents and visitors will never forget – let the countdown to this landmark occasion begin!”
Jon Doig, chief executive at Commonwealth Games Scotland, added: ““We were keen to take the baton to new locations – quite a challenge given the number of places the baton visited ahead of Glasgow 2014 – and we are delighted to be coming to Arran this time round.”
The baton’s journey will conclude at the Birmingham 2022 opening ceremony at Alexander Stadium on Sunday, July 28.
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