Get ready for Ba­ton Re­lay fever

More de­tails about route

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Dou­glas Dickie

More de­tails of the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay visit to Ruther­glen have been re­leased.

The Re­former re­ported last week that the ba­ton would re­turn to the Burgh on Tues­day, Au­gust 22 when it is biked through Cuningar Loop.

Clyde Gateway, who are or­gan­is­ing much of the visit to Glas­gow, say lo­cal res­i­dents and groups will be in­volved in the day. Chair Lord Kelvin will be in­volved, as well as the provost of South La­nark­shire, Ian McAl­lan.

The Cuningar Loop leg of the jour­ney is part of a wider visit around legacy sites in Glas­gow and South La­nark­shire, in­clud­ing the Games Vil­lage, the Emi­rates Arena and the Legacy Hub.

Jim Clark, se­nior man­ager for com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Clyde Gateway, said: “It re­ally is go­ing to be all about show­cas­ing the ex­tent and va­ri­ety of the legacy that has al­ready been de­liv­ered from Glas­gow’s un­for­get­table stag­ing of the Games last time around. The ba­ton will make its way from Glas­gow into South La­nark­shire across the new bridge that links the Games Vil­lage to the Cuningar Wood­land Park where it will un­der­take a com­mu­nity bike ride around this amaz­ing and pop­u­lar new fam­ily fa­cil­ity thanks to the sup­port and in­volve­ment of the Bike Town ini­tia­tive of the Happy ‘n’ Healthy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust in Ruther­glen.

“Af­ter a stopover at the Emi­rates Arena for an event linked to the stag­ing of the 2017 World Badminton Cham­pi­onships, the ba­ton will be car­ried into the Legacy Hub in Dal­marnock where the staff and vol­un­teers, thanks to the sup­port of Clyde Gateway, will be ar­rang­ing a cel­e­bra­tory event with food, mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment.

“Dis­cus­sions about this part of the cel­e­bra­tions are still on­go­ing and a fur­ther an­nounce­ment will be made in due course, in­clud­ing how lo­cal res­i­dents can come along and get in­volved.”

Pre­cise tim­ings have still to be fi­nalised, but it is an­tic­i­pated the re­lay will ar­rive at the Games Vil­lage around 11.45am and de­part the Legacy Hub at ap­prox­i­mately 2.45pm.

Ba­ton The re­lay came through Ruther­glen in 2014

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