The Host City has announced the route the Queen’s Baton Relay will take as it travels through Glasgow in the three days before the start of the XX Commonwealth Games, the biggest sporting and cultural event ever to come to Scotland. They have also announced how people can join in the free party at the finish line events at the end of each of the three days.
Pupils from Alexandra Parade Primary School helped launch the ticket ballot opening and street by street route announcement of the Queen’s Baton Relay at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The primary 5 pupils have taken part in a 6 week project entitled ‘Message Unknown’ with YDance to create their very own Queen’s Baton Relay message.
33 year old Paula McGuire from Riddrie is a baton bearer and has been talking to our reporter Connor Gillies:
The Queen’s Baton Relay will visit every part of Glasgow as it travels through the Host City in the three days immediately before the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games on the 23rd July. The route will take in world-famous landmarks and attractions as well as being celebrated in every community across the city. The relay is the chance to celebrate Glasgow’s local heroes - every batonbearer has been nominated in recognition of their contributions to local sport, community and youth.
The baton arrives in Scotland for the final leg of the relay on Saturday 14th June with up to 4,000 batonbearers joining the relay in more than 400 communities. The last lap of its journey will be in the host city of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games when over 400 batonbearers will proudly carry the baton through their city over the three days before the 288 day relay concludes on 23rd July 2014 at the Opening Ceremony, when the baton is delivered back to Her Majesty The Queen. After reading Her message of welcome to the athletes of the Commonwealth, the Games will officially begin.
The journey of the baton culminates each day with a special Finish Line Celebration Event where thousands of people will be able to enjoy a feast of Commonwealth flavours in Springburn Park (20th July), Victoria Park (21st July) and the Queen’s Park Recreation Ground (22nd July).
The finish line events will be free of charge, with tickets issued through a ballot which will open on Monday 9th June and close on Sunday 22nd June. To apply go to www.glasgow2014.com/baton-relay.
Up to 8,000 people will be invited to join in the party each day with ‘come and try’ sports, arts and dance activities along with lots of special entertainment including dance performances and a spectacular music programme that will be headlined by the energetic force of Salsa Celtica.
During the three day relay Glasgow’s streets will be brought to life when the soundscape of our city will be amplified with live bands, drummers and choirs. The roads and paths will be animated with circus acts, dancers and street performers. Community spaces will be transformed with banners, bunting and colourful installations. It is an exciting opportunity for everyone to be involved, from cheering along the route as it snakes across the city to attending special events. The Queens Baton Relay is a great opportunity for the people of Glasgow to show their support for their community heroes carrying the baton; demonstrate pride in their city and show the world how Glasgow celebrates!
Each day will start with a special start line event moment at the People’s Palace (20th July), Riverside Museum and the Tall Ship (21st July) and Cathkin Braes (22nd July)
On 20th July, the baton will pass by landmarks including the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Buchanan Street, George Square and Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow Cathedral, Mitchell Library and Celtic Park and Emirates Arena, as well as communities across the north and east of the city.
The following day, the baton will visit the West End, taking in venues including the SECC and Hydro, the Finnieston Crane, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, University of Glasgow, the Botanic Gardens and Maryhill Burgh Halls.
On the final day of the relay, the baton will travel to the south side, visiting landmarks such as Hampden Stadium, Tramway, House for an Lover, the Citizens Theatre and the Burrell Collection.
Throughout the three-day relay, the baton will reach communities across the city, with a range of community-led celebrations along the route. To look at the routes for each day of the three day relay please go to www.glasgow2014.com/baton-relay.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The countdown is well and truly on for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and as the proud host city we can’t wait to kick-start them in style when we welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay on the 20th July.
“Glasgow is the friendly city and I’ve no doubt that our local heroes - the batonbearers - will receive fantastic support as they travel through the city’s streets. This is Glasgow’s moment to shine on the world stage and we want to ensure Glaswegians from every part of the city are part of the action which is why we have ensured the baton will visit every council ward.
“The Games are a chance to showcase our great city on a global stage and I’ve no doubt that that the people of Glasgow will be the stars of the show.”
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, David Grevemberg, said, “The Queen’s Baton has been passed by tens of thousands of citizens across the Commonwealth and the last leg of its journey through Scotland is a great opportunity for everyone to be part of the biggest sporting and cultural event in the country’s history. The arrival of the Queen’s Baton back into Glasgow will be a special moment indeed and we are all looking forward to savouring the incredible atmosphere around this great city as the baton makes its journey to the Opening Ceremony on 23 July.”
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said, “After a momentous 248 global journey through the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Baton will reach Scotland on the 14th June, signalling the final countdown to the greatest games ever. Travelling over 40 days across Scotland it offers individuals and community groups across all 32 Local Authorities a unique chance to be involved with and engage in the Games.
“I’ve no doubt that when it reaches Glasgow on the 20th July that the host city’s communities will celebrate its arrival in true welcoming style. By taking part in some of these events and community-led celebrations which offer opportunities to celebrate and support local batonbearers, and allow children to touch the torch, this will create long lasting memories.”