Beginning of the end for Baton Relay

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Edinburgh will be the first port of call in Scotland for the Queen’s Baton Relay tomorrow (Saturday) en route to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games next month.

On Sunday it travels to meet our readers in South Queensferry at the Hawes Pier before travelling to Kirkliston Road from 8-8.30am approximately. A choir will be singing at the RNLI station to welcome the baton’s arrival.

It will then travel into West Lothian.

Over 100 baton bearers are taking the relay through Broxburn, Linlithgow, Armadale, Whitburn, Bathgate and Livingston, giving local residents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games build-up.

A host of free and fun activities have been organised to mark the relay, so head along and join the celebrations.

The relay is the curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games.

West Lothian’s executive councillor for culture and leisure, Dave King, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay will be a special event for West Lothian and I would like to invite local residents along to enjoy the festivities.’’

The Relay is due to arrive in West Lothian at 8.55am to a welcoming party.

It then arrives in Linlithgow at 10.30am with a short barge trip to Linlithgow Canal Centre. The relay will then make its way down to the High Street to the Cross before heading up to Linlithgow Palace and a celebration event at the Peel.

The relay will travel to West Lothian Civic Centre before ending the day at Howden Park where a party with music, sport and more will allow West Lothian residents to say farewell to the baton.

For more information, visit www.westlothian.gov.uk/queensbatonrelay

For Falkirk residents, the baton relay events can be found at www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/batonroute

Denny will be the first town in the Falkirk Council area to welcome the Queen’s Baton on June 24.

The Baton will then travel through the area visiting Provost Road and Kinneil House, Bo’ness, from approximately 2.30-3pm and at Blackness Castle from 3.30-4.10pm before finally arriving at the official ceremony at the Helix Park in Falkirk.

Organisers have asked us to point out that there is no car parking available at Blackness Castle for this event.