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Sarah and Kelsey are two of the baton runners through Stonehaven on June 29

Sarah and Kelsey are two of the baton runners through Stonehaven on June 29

The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Aberdeenshire next Sunday, June 29, starting bright and early at 7.30am at Dunnottar Castle.

The baton is visiting more than 400 Scottish communities, offering people across the nation an opportunity to be part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival, and show their support for the home team.

After the relay kicks off at Dunnottar Castle the batonbearers will be cheered on by Stonehaven folk at the Open Air Swimming Pool before passing through the town centre, taking in Allardice Street, Barclay Street, Evan Street and the Slug Road.

We caught up with two baton bearers this week - Sarah Milne and Kelsey Stewart

In her role as a Young Scot Legacy Ambassador, Sarah has been actively involved in raising awareness and promoting the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy themes at events in Kincardine and Mearns.

She has given more than 500 hours of her time for free locally and more nationally via Youth Scotland and as a Youth Legacy Ambassador.

She also encourages youth participation in sports by helping with street football, has assisted an athletics coach (hurdles, sprinting), manned stalls at local fairs, supervised children at an After School Club and worked as a marshal at the Stonehaven Fireballs.

The 19-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to the atmosphere, with everyone out and cheering us on.

‘‘It should be a great day.”

Mackie Academy rector Louise Moir announced back in November that Kelsey Stewart would be the school’s baton bearer.

Kelsey is an athlete in the Banchory Stonehaven Athletics Club and this year was selected for the U16 and U18 teams competing in the Celtic Games.

She also won two silver medals at the Schools International and the 17-year-old has als been called up to the U-20 GB Athletics Team in Loughborough to compete in the 4x400m relay.

Kelsey explained: “It will be great to just be involved in the games in any form,

‘‘I want to aim for 2018 to compete so to be involved at any level is fantastic.”

If you are a baton bearer running on June 29, then we want to hear from you.

Get in touch at or 01569 762859.

Stonehaven to Banchory

Lisa Singleton

Barnaby Simpkin

Caroll Evans

Josh Blum

Jennifer Banks

Malcolm Anderson

Carol Eaton

Sarah-Louise (Sarah) Milne

Sara Hamilton

Brian Hendry

Lachlan Kirk

Kenneth (Ken) Melville

Robert (Bob) Gibson

Kelsey Stewart

Connie Thomson

Dylan Thomson




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