The South Ayrshire towns and villages that will be visited by The Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday 20 June have been revealed today (Monday 17 March) by Glasgow 2014.
Alloway, Ayr, Ballantrae, Dundonald, Girvan, Maybole, Mossblown, Prestwick, Symington, Tarbolton and Troon will all feature in the Scottish – or domestic – leg of the Relay, which gets underway when the baton arrives in Scotland on 14 June, following a 248-day global epic journey through all other 69 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
Over a 40-day period, the baton will visit over 400 communities throughout Scotland, offering people across the nation a chance to be a part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to our biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and show their support for the home team.
The relay will also reflect the important role of sport by visiting schools, sporting facilities and leisure centres along the relay route, encouraging communities to get behind Team Scotland, get involved with the Games and to get more involved in sport.
Only the high-level route information is being released at this time, with street level details and specific stop-off points along the relay route through South Ayrshire – as well as events linked to the relay – being announced nearer the time.
Following the baton’s journey around the country, it will be carried into the Commonwealth Games arena in Glasgow on 23 July, where the handwritten message from Her Majesty The Queen will be opened and read at the Opening Ceremony, marking the official start of the Games!
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie said: “It’s great communities in so many South Ayrshire towns and villages will have the chance to see the Queen’s Baton Relay right on their very own doorsteps, taking in our breathtaking coastlines, stunning scenery, world famous Burns heritage and – most important of all – our renowned South Ayrshire hospitality.
“We have a very unique link with the baton here in South Ayrshire as it actually contains a part of our area courtesy of the gemstone made from Ailsa Craig granite, which tops the baton. In that respect, we certainly feel like we’ll be welcoming the baton home.
“Friday 20 June will be an historic day for all our relay destinations – from Alloway to Troon – and I hope people and communities across South Ayrshire take to the streets to share in this exciting experience and cheer on the 100 or so batonbearers who will have the privilege of carrying this wonderful icon on what is sure to be an amazing day.
“So, get the date in your diary now and start thinking about where you intend to be when The Queen’s Baton Relay comes to town. It’s certainly going to be an occasion to remember.”
Thousands of nominees to carry the baton will find out at the end of this month (31 March) whether or not their nomination has been successful.
Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, added: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is an opportunity to celebrate – and share with the world – our people, our places, our sporting talent and our pride in South Ayrshire and it’s going to be a truly outstanding spectacle.
“We experienced a flavour of what’s to come during the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012, but with so many more local communities getting the chance to take part in this event, I have no doubt it’s going to be bigger and better than anything we’ve ever seen before.
“This will be a once in a lifetime chance to take part in something special and really get involved in everything the Games are about – and I know our people and communities will do us proud.”
The Queen’s Baton Relay is the world’s most engaging relay and a unique tradition of the Games that unites the two billion citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace.
It will travel over 190,000 kilometres through 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. The Queen’s Baton Relay route in Scotland has been planned by Glasgow 2014 in partnership with Commonwealth Games Scotland and the 32 local authorities. The relay is delivered in association with those local authorities, including South Ayrshire Council.