Games baton makes date with Borders

The Borders is set to play a major part in the countdown to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year, writes Jim Milnes.

The Queen’s Relay baton, the Commonwealth equivalent of the Olympic Torch, will pass through the region on June 18 on its way around Scotland, having already been carried through the rest of the Commonwealth countries.

Starting in Duns, it will pass through Greenlaw, Earlston, Melrose, Tweedbank, Selkirk, Kelso, Jedburgh and Hawick.

All in all the baton will have visited 400 Scottish communities by the time it reaches the end of its journey in Glasgow on July 23, in time for the opening ceremony. Announcing the full list of communities on the baton’s journey, Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman, Michael Cavanagh said:“The Queen’s Baton Relay is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games and its arrival in Scotland will be an important signal to both the athletes and the public that the Games are just around the corner.

“The baton’s journey through the country is the ideal opportunity for people to celebrate community sport and show support for their local athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014.”