Queen’s Baton draws the crowds

Linda Herbert carried the Baton up Kinnaird Head Lighthouse.
Linda Herbert carried the Baton up Kinnaird Head Lighthouse.

Fraserburgh welcomed the Queen’s Baton on Sunday as it made its way to Glasgow for the start of the Commonwealth Games.

On its way, the Baton was carried by local, well known faces from across the North-east, stopping by Mintlaw, Fraserburgh and Peterhead as it makes a cross-country trip in preparation of the Games’ opening ceremony.

In Fraserburgh, it stopped off at both the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and the new Community and Sports Centre as it made its way through the town.

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses’ collections manager, Michael Strachan, told us of the event: “We jumped at the chance to get it to the museum.

“To get it to the museum is a great benefit. It is, of course, a big deal having the Queen’s baton here.

“It’s good publicity for the museum for one thing, of course, and good for the town as well, so hopefully some of these images will make it on newsfeed and people can see exactly what Fraserburgh has to offer.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay culminated in a glittering evening of entertainment at Catto Park in Peterhead where batonbearers ran a lap of honour and the baton formerly left Aberdeenshire for its next leg in Aberdeen city on Monday.

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster said: “It was fantastic to see that the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay has been enjoyed by so many people.

“There was a wonderful and enthusiastic turnout every step of the way and a warm welcome was received from all.

“This truly was a very special day and I cannot thank enough all those who made it possible.

“The lead-up to the Games is well and truly underway and I wish the team a safe passage as it passes through the rest Scotland on the road to Glasgow.

Police Scotland Superintendent Mark Cooper said: “We would like to thank the people who attended, drivers and our partner agencies for their help and cooperation in ensuring that the event passed safely and without incident.”