Galloway welcomes the Queen’s baton

The Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton relay route was welcomed by cheering crowds throughout Galloway on Thursday.

After travelling through Dumfries the baton reached Castle Douglas where it travelled by boat over Carlingwark Loch before moving to Kirkcudbright where it was entertained at the harbour by a mini Scottish festival.

The baton on the water.

The baton on the water.

The Baton then passed through Newton Stewart where cheering crowds lined the streets before finishing its journey in Stranraer where a full programme of cultural events welcomed the baton at Castle Square before it completed its journey at Agnew Park where an End of Day Celebration was planned to celebrate its passage through Dumfries and Galloway. In Minnigaff, Linda Martin, Robert Thomson, Evelyn Thomson and Norah Simpson were in prime position to watch the event at 3pm, an hour before the baton was due. Young Robert was there waving his flag and hoping “to see the Queen!”

As the baton reached the outskirts of Minnigaff, Hugh Roddie and Alan Moncur were reminiscing about the old days, having lived locally all their lives. Hugh said: “This is a good day with a great community atmosphere. It reminds me of what the pageant used to be like.”

After Stacey Duff, Jason Adair and Paul Gorman had the honour of running though Minnigaff with the baton, there were loud cheers as they passed from neighbours friends and family.

Stacy, who works as a council sports’ coordinator in local schools said: “Carrying the baton was absolutely amazing. The cheers from all the girls and boys of Creetown and Minnigaff Primary Schools and their parents was tremendous! I want to do it all again!”