Queen’s Baton Relay heads for South Ayrshire

It’s been carried underwater, taken across a desert on a hovercraft, climbed snowy mountains and even been carried by elephants through the jungle.

It’s been cycled, roller-bladed, walked and run through villages, towns and cities around the Commonwealth in an event that has involved a third of the planet’s population!

And, on 20 June 2014, the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in South Ayrshire and the eyes of the world will turn to us!

Eleven local communities, two schools and a hospital in South Ayrshire have all been chosen as host locations to welcome the baton when it arrives in South Ayrshire on Friday 20 June 2014

And the baton will also be in South Ayrshire for almost ELEVEN hours.

Making its way from Ballantrae to Ayr, via Girvan, Maybole, Alloway, Mossblown, Tarbolton, Symington, Dundonald Troon and Prestwick, South Ayrshire will become part of Commonwealth Games history, part of the Baton’s 190,000km tour of 70 countries in just 288 days.

The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will set off from Ballantrae at approximately 8.25am on Friday 20 June 2014 and will be in South Ayrshire for an exciting ten plus hours, eventually arriving at Ayr’s Low Green at approximately 6.30pm for an exciting family oriented End of Day Celebration.

Local residents in each area are being encouraged to come along with a warm South Ayrshire welcome for the batonbearers, many of whom are local people nominated by members of their own community.

Councillor Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: “Following our success in welcoming the Olympic Flame to South Ayrshire in 2012, the eyes of the world will again be on us as we host the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay.

“Unlike the Olympic Torch, which had many replicas, there is only one Queen’s Baton, so this really is your best chance to see it up close!

“It really is a one-off chance for local residents in and around the area to come along and witness the fantastic spectacle of the Relay and I’d encourage everyone in each of our communities to turn out and welcome the baton.

“It also gives us a chance to celebrate and cheer those well-deserving and inspirational members of our local communities who have been chosen as batonbearers”

The 288-day Queen’s Baton Relay set off from Buckingham Palace on 9 October 2013 and will reach South Ayrshire on Friday 20 June 2014, close to the end of its 190,000km journey, where the final relay runner will hand the baton back to the Queen, who will read the message aloud to officially open the Games

The Queen’s message is held in a transparent cylinder within a pure titanium latticework frame, inspired from Glasgow’s rich industrial and architectural heritage. It also contains a granite ‘gemstone’ from Ailsa Craig on the South Ayrshire coast.

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie added: “The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay invites everyone to be a part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“It is a fantastic tradition which unites the Commonwealth nations and territories ahead of the sporting celebrations.

It is also a celebration of the great contribution of the many local people who will be carrying the baton through the communities that they volunteer and undertake sporting activity in, making positive and important differences to the lives of others, each and every day of the year.”

Claire Monaghan, South Ayrshire Council’s Head of Policy, Community Planning and Public Affairs concluded: “The Council has been working with a wide range of partners to make the South Ayrshire leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay a huge success.

“We will be launching a dedicated section on our website with the route, timings and how people can get involved in and enjoy the relay. We will also be providing lots more information over the next three weeks as the excitement builds in the lead up to this fantastic occasion!”