Ba­ton to re­turn to Ruther­glen

Cuningar Loop treat for Com­mon­wealth Games fans

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

The Com­mon­wealth Games Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay will re­turn to Ruther­glen three years since it last passed through the town.

Team Scot­land have con­firmed Cuningar Loop will be on the route when the ba­ton ar­rives in the coun­try next month. Res­i­dents will be able to get a glimpse of the ba­ton and take part in open events on August 22 in the park. The ba­ton will be in Glas­gow that day as part of a five-day trip to Scot­land on its way to the Gold Coast in Aus­tralia where the next Com­mon­wealth Games will be held. Cam­glen Bike Town will be in­volved as they ride the ba­ton through the pop­u­lar wood­land fa­cil­ity. A spokesman for Bike Town said: “Bike Town is de­lighted to be in­volved with the Queens Ba­ton Re­lay at Cuningar Loop. “It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to have an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote cy­cling to lo­cal res­i­dents and also to be part of some of that same buzz there was in 2014.” Cuningar Loop is a Com­mon­wealth Games legacy project that fol­lowed on from the 2014 event in Glas­gow. In the lead up to those games, the ba­ton vis­ited Ruther­glen, with thou­sands of people lin­ing the Main Street to cel­e­brate.

A whole day of events took place in what proved to be a fine start to a busy summer.

The games in Glas­gow went on to be a huge suc­cess.

Paul Bush OBE, chair, Com­mon­wealth Games Scot­land said: “The Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay is an iconic sym­bol of the Com­mon­wealth Games and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing the ba­ton to Scot­land next month.

“We have had tremen­dous en­thu­si­asm and sup­port from lo­cal author­i­ties, schools and com­mu­nity groups across the coun­try, help­ing to or­gan­ise an ex­cit­ing pro­gramme of events which will use the QBR to con­nect their com­mu­ni­ties with the games and em­brace the val­ues of the Com­mon­wealth move­ment as a whole.

“The pub­lic sup­port Team Scot­land en­joyed for Glas­gow 2014 was phe­nom­e­nal and I look for­ward to see­ing that pas­sion sparked once again, as the ba­ton’s jour­ney through Scot­land marks the fi­nal count­down to the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

“I hope ev­ery­one across the coun­try will get be­hind the ath­letes vy­ing for se­lec­tion for the team and play their part in sup­port­ing them as they pre­pare to com­pete with dis­tinc­tion on the other side of the world next April.”

All smilesThe Main Street was packed three years ago for the re­lay

Ba­ton bear­erCh­eryl Bur­nett was one of seven people to carry the ba­ton through Ruther­glen

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