Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Queen's Baton Relay: Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife to welcome baton

There will be a 21-gun salute to mark the Queen's official birthday and the Queen's Baton Relay in Edinburgh
There will be a 21-gun salute to mark the Queen's official birthday and the Queen's Baton Relay in Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel, Linlithgow Palace and Knockhill Racing Circuit are just some of the attractions in the east of Scotland the Queen's Baton will visit during its relay to the Commonwealth Games.

Edinburgh and the east will be the first Scottish region to welcome the baton when it crosses the English border.

After touring the rest of the British Isles over the past month, the baton comes home to Scotland on the morning of 14 June in Coldstream.

The baton will then travel to Edinburgh for a day of celebrations in the capital, with live coverage on the BBC Queen's Baton Relay website.

It will be welcomed by a 21-gun salute from Edinburgh Castle and will travel by tram during its 36-mile journey across the capital.

Glasgow 2014 have announced that Team Scotland's table tennis star Craig Howieson, hammer-thrower Susan McKelvie, high jumper Allan Smith and former British, European, Commonwealth and World boxing champion Alex Arthur MBE will be baton bearers in the city.

Edinburgh is the only city in the world to welcome Commonwealth Games events for a third time. It hosted the Games in 1970 and 1986 and this year's diving competitions for Glasgow 2014, featuring Olympic medallist Tom Daley, will be held at the Royal Commonwealth pool.

While in Edinburgh, the baton will visit Heriot-Watt University before it moves on to Murrayfield Stadium.

It will also travel down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace, visit Meadowbank Stadium, and be carried in Leith, Portobello and Duddingston before it is received at the Commonwealth pool.

Events in the capital will conclude with a concert at the Ross Bandstand in West Princes Street Gardens.

The following day, the baton will travel through West Lothian and be carried by members of the community in Queensferry, Broxburn, Uphall, Linlithgow, Armadale, Whitburn, Bathgate and Livingston.

Highlights include a trip on the canal in Linlithgow and a visit to the town's Palace, as well as several community events throughout the region to encourage young people to participate in sport.

The day will finish will a celebration in Livingston's Howden Park. Team Scotland boxer Kieran Smith, rugby sevens player Alex Glashan and swimmer Craig Benson will take part in the West Lothian relay, with the latter bringing proceedings to a close in his home town.

On Monday, June 16, the baton will travel further east to Midlothian and will spend time in Loanhead, Roslin, Penicuik, Rosewell, Bonnyrigg, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Mayfield, Easthouses, Newbattle and Dalkeith.

The baton will be carried at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre and will spend time at the world famous chapel in Roslin and the National Mining Museum. Events conclude with a celebration in Dalkeith Country Park. Bowls world champion David Peacock will be among the Midlothian baton bearers.

BBC News School reporters from Newbattle Community High, as part of the Commonwealth Class project, will also be reporting on the baton's arrival in their school including interviews with some of the baton bearers.

The following day, in East Lothian, the baton will be on the streets of Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, Tranent, Longniddry, Aberlady, Gullane, Dirleton, North Berwick, Dunbar and Haddington. Here, the baton will spend time at the Scottish Seabird Centre and Brunton Theatre. Team Scotland's Josh Taylor (boxing) and Paul Van Rietvelde (badminton) will be baton bearers here.

On 18 June, the baton leaves the east of Scotland as it travels to the Scottish Borders to continue its epic journey.

People living in Fife will need to wait until 26 June before it returns to the region. On that day, members of the public will have the chance to see it in Knockhill, Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Falkland, Freuchie, Cupar, Leven, Pittenweem, Anstruther and St Andrews.

While at Knockhill, the baton will ride on a superbike and it will also be carried on to St Andrews Golf Course. In Fife, baton bearers will include Glasgow Warriors rugby player Chris Fusaro and Scottish 400m champion Gemma Nicol.

The baton relay will take 40 days to travel around every local authority area in Scotland. The baton will be carried by around 100 people a day - many of whom have been chosen for their work in their local communities - before it plays a key role in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

The baton, which is the main curtain raiser for Glasgow 2014, has travelled all over the world to 70 nations and territories in the Commonwealth since Queen Elizabeth II placed her message inside it last October.

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