Queen’s Baton on route for Musselburgh

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The organisers of Glasgow 2014 have announced that the Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through Musselburgh on June 17 on route to the Commonwealth Games.

People across Scotland, from the Shetland Islands to Dumfries and Galloway, will have the chance to be involved in the celebrations and countdown, while showing their support for Team Scotland.

The baton will visit all 32 local authorities and more than 400 communities across Scotland before reaching the final stop of its global trek in Glasgow.

Successful nominations for baton-bearers will be announced on March 31 and more details of the baton’s journey will be announced as the time gets nearer.

By June 14, when the baton reaches Scotland, it will have spent 248 days travelling through all the other 69 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a unique tradition of the Games, uniting two billion citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace.

Musselburgh MSP Colin Beattie commented: “The Queen’s Baton Relay provides a unique opportunity to show the world what Scotland has to offer and it will provide encouragement and inspiration for children and young people to get involved in sport and the Commonwealth games.

“I look forward to its route through Scotland and am confident it will receive an enthusiastic welcome from Musselburgh.”

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