Baton relay praised by MSP and MP

Emma Thoirs.
Emma Thoirs.

Local MP Eilidh Whiteford and MSP Stewart Stevenson have praised the organisers of last week’s events in Buchan to mark the Commonwealth Games baton Relay coming to the area.

Eilidh and Stewart along with local councillors were present at Balmoor Stadium for the arrival of the Baton and the parade of community groups.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said: “This was a spectacular and very colourful event and I’m delighted for the various youth groups and other participants that their very special contribution to a historic day for Buchan was witnessed by such a large crowd.

“My congratulations go to the organisers for what must have been a huge undertaking to bring the event together.”

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford said: “It’s been a great day for Peterhead and it’s such an important day for Scotland with the Commonwealth Games on the horizon.

“We had the whole town turning out - we had dancers, we had brownies and guides, we had the sea cadets, the Rotary Club and the Theatre Modo group.

“We were able to show what the town is about as we welcomed the baton bearers through.”

Earlier in the afternoon, Eilidh also attended the Peterhead JogScotland Running Festival and presented some of the prizewinners with their medals.

She said: “Stephen Bruce and the whole team at Peterhead JogScotland put in a tremendous effort to bring this event to Catto Park. There was a huge turnout for the event and it’s really excellent to see so many people either participating in sport or turning out to support those who are.”

In Fraserburgh, the Baton was carried through the town by a number of local people, making stops at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and the new community and sports centre. Pictures is local swimmer Emma Thoirs, the first Baton carrier in Fraserburgh. Emma had recently competed at the national age group championships.