Glasgow home to 20th Commonwealth Games

Eric Ross, janitor at The Grange Primary, Boness
Eric Ross, janitor at The Grange Primary, Boness

A popular janitor will be flying the flag for Grange Primary as he takes part in this summer’s Commonwealth Games baton relay.

Eric Ross MBE has worked at the school for more than 30 years, and is delighted to have been given the honour – after being nominated by other members of staff.

He said: “It came as a complete shock. I think that there are other, better people than me who should be doing it but I’m really chuffed to have been chosen.

It is a fantastic honour, not just for me but for the school.”

Eric is modest about why he might have been chosen to take part.

He said: “I’m just the same as any other janitor.

“To work in a school you’ve got to get involved with the children and I love my job.

“I was fortunate enough to be nominated for an MBE and I said at the time that I thought there were people out there who were better than me.

“I was just very fortunate and I was honoured, on behalf of the school; that’s how I feel about this too.”

Eric isn’t the only Commonweath link at the school – the PE teacher Susan McKelvie is competing in the hammer throwing competition at the Games.

He said: “It’s great having that connection with Susan.We have a board in the school following her training and the children love it.

“It makes it all the more real for them and will be more exciting as the Games get closer.”

Eric is about to embark on a training schedule of his own as he prepares for his 200 metre run with the baton!

He added: “I’ve never done anything like this before so it will be quite an experience.

“I hope my family will be there to support me on the day – hopefully, with an oxygen tank at the end of it!”