Baton heads home

STAGE and screen star John Barrowman helped the baton on its way as it headed home to Glasgow.

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  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
    John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire
  • John Barrowman helped carry the baton in East Renfrewshire

And of the 4000 baton bearers taking part in the Royal relay, the East Renfrewshire brigade certainly represented some of the most excited - and enthralled.

John Barrowman made his appearance at Greenbank House in Newton Mearns.

And at Clarkston Hall, there was a carnival atmosphere, with fun rides for kids, bouncy castles, bicycle challenges and with many of the 500 people in attendance wearing I Love Clarkston.com T-shirts.

The stage was set, literally, for the arrival of the baton from Eaglesham.

And the arrival of Sara Clegg. Sara's story seems to sum up the spirit of the Commonwealth Games, for hers is a tale of resoluteness and resolve.

When she was three, Sara was in a tragic crash at a level crossing which left her life hanging by a thread.

The resulting brain damage left her with severe learning difficulties, but over the past 12 years she has defied doctors and all expectations to achieve success in sport, and is now involved in with several organisations.

Sara is currently working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Award.

When she carried the baton into Clarkston Hall grounds, the roar could be heard way above the bagpipe band.

She said it was: "Great."

Sara's answer only served to highlight her own excitement, and the crowd's delight.

They cheered just as loudly when the baton was handed over to Jamie Rigg.

The 16-year-old wheelchair-user has cerebral palsy, but was a recent Scottish boccia champion.

Dad Alistair said: "He wasn't nervous, just extremely proud."

The Mearns Castle High School pupil, who is now set to go to college, said he loved his moment.

He said: "It was brilliant.

"This excitement will last a really long time."

David Kane's excitement in parading the baton to the watching world was equally infectious.

The Carolside Primary football coach and community fundraiser, said: "I loved doing it.

"It was great to be nominated but it's also great for the kids who have come down to see all this."

The baton relay circus then moved to Giffnock, offering Iain Galbraith, President of Giffnock Lawn Bowls and Tennis Club, the opportunity to shine the light on his 200-strong successful club, to encourage new members to join in the fun.

brian.beacom@eveningtimes.co.uk

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