Queen's Baton route revealed

THE Queen's Baton Relay will travel to every part of Glasgow in the three days before the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

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The Queen's Baton will be carried past city landmarks, including Kelvingrove, the Finnieston Crane and People's Palace
The Queen's Baton will be carried past city landmarks, including Kelvingrove, the Finnieston Crane and People's Palace

The route will take in city landmarks and attractions and the baton will be greeted in every community in Glasgow.

It is presently in the Caribbean islands on its way to Glasgow for the last leg of its epic journey.

The baton will start its tour of the city at the People's Palace on Sunday July 20 and at the end of each day thousands of people will be invited to finish line events.

They will be held in Springburn Park, on July 20, Victoria Park, on July 21 and Queen's Park recreation ground, on July 22 - the day before the Games opening ceremony.

Up to 8000 people will be invited to join in the party at each event - tickets will be free and issued through a ballot.

On July 20, the baton runners will pass the Gallery of Modern Art, George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, the Mitchell Library and visit communities across the north and east of the city.

The following day, it will visit the West End, taking in Games venues, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Botanic Gardens and the Finnieston Crane.

On the final day of the relay, it will be carried through communities across the city with a range of community-led celebrations along the route.

City council leader Gordon Matheson said: "As host city, the arrival of the Queen's Baton will really signal the start of the celebrations.

"We know how to put on a party and, from Castlemilk to Easterhouse, Drumchapel to Auchenshuggle and everywhere in between, people will have a chance to welcome the baton and really be a part of the Games.

"I have no doubt the baton bearers will receive amazing support as they run along the city streets as Glasgow gears up to host the biggest sporting and cultural celebrations the country has ever seen.

"To mark that, we will host three finish line events in the north, west and south of the city - bringing the Games to life right across Glasgow.

"The Games are a chance to showcase our great city on a global stage and I have no doubt the people of Glasgow will be the stars of the show."

David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: "The Queen's Baton Relay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people across Scotland to celebrate what's extraordinary and unique about their communities, and honour those locals who make a difference to others.

"The baton is visiting hundreds of villages, towns and cities, with thousands taking part in the relay, and many more attending the vast programme of sports and cultural events along the route.

"With less than three months to go until the baton comes home, the momentum is building up for the biggest festival of sport and culture this nation has ever hosted."

On March 31, thousands of people will find out whether their nominations to become baton bearers have been in successful.

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

vivienne.nicoll@eveningtimes.co.uk

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