Inspirational Alan among Borders batonbearers

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DOZENS of Borderers found out this week that they have been selected to carry the Queen’s Baton ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Community batonbearers have been selected by independent panels who have considered people’s achievements against the odds, their contributions to community and youth sport, and those who make a difference through volunteering.

Among the local people selected is Alan Stewart from Eddleston.

Alan underwent a life-saving kidney transplant in 2009 and since then he has been committed to raise awareness for organ donation.

Together with his wife Susan they are completing 100 sporting challenges to celebrate their 50th birthdays.

Alan said: ““The Queen’s Baton Relay will give me the chance to show organ donation in a positive light and I can’t wait to carry the baton through my local community.”

Other Borderers selected are Alexis Green, a young ambassador at Earlston High School, and 91-year-old Bill Watt from Kelso, a founding member and current president of the Border Ice Skating Club. Allan McGee, a co-founder of Borders Exploration Group, will also carry the baton.