Anticipation is growing ahead of next month’s Commonwealth games spectacular in Glasgow.
And, on Tuesday of this week, residents in Bo’ness and Blackness were privilged to get a glimpse of the world famous baton which has gone round the world carrying the Queen’s message to the Commonwealth.
That message will be read out at the games’ opening ceremony.
For the past few days, the baton has been touring communities the length and breadth of Scotland and there was a significant crowd present when it arrived in Kinneil Estate on Tuesday afternoon.
It had arrived in Falkirk district starting its tour at the iconic Falkirk Wheel and ended its day at an equally striking landmark, the acclaimed Kelpies at The Helix in Falkirk.
Bo’ness councillor - and convener of culture and leisure activities, Adrian Mahoney, welcomed the arrival of the baton into Falkirk district and Bo’ness and Blackness in particular.
He said: ‘‘We only got a glimpse of the Olympic baton as it passed through the district.
‘‘I’m delighted that we were able, through Falkirk Community Trust, to properly welcome the Commonwealth baton to the district and not just Bo’ness but Blackness also.’’
Polar explorer Craig Mathieson of Dean Road, Bo’ness, was the first man to carry the baton on its way out of Kinneil Estate towards Blackness.
He was nominated by his neighbour Teresa Johnston.
Craig said: ‘‘I’ll probably never see another Commonwealth Games in Scotland so I was thrilled and delighted to carry the baton in front of family and friends.
‘‘It thought it was a superb event - there’s a huge infra-structure around the baton relay.’’