It was bright and early on Sunday morning as supporters lined up to see the Queen’s Baton Relay run through Stonehaven.
The early start may have put off some, but those who turned out were no less enthusiastic for the runners as they cheered them from Dunnottar Castle through to the Open Air Pool and on towards Banchory.
Spectators started to gather from around 7.30am and camera phones were ready as baton bearers came through the town.
Aberdeenshire Council, Police Scotland, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and other agencies worked in partnership to ensure the event ran smoothly.
We caught up with one baton bearer, Sarah Milne, after her leg, who was beaming ear to ear.
She said: “I enjoyed that, it was quite the experience. I just ran with the Queen’s Baton, this really does feel amazing.”
The efforts of dozens of volunteer marshals who gave up their own time were hailed by organisers for helping to ensure the event was a success.
Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster said: “It was fantastic to see that the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay has been enjoyed by so many people.
“There was a wonderful and enthusiastic turnout every step of the way and a warm welcome was received from all. This truly was a very special day and I cannot thank enough all those who made it possible.
“The lead-up to the Games is well and truly under way and I wish the team a safe passage as it passes through the rest Scotland on the road to Glasgow.
Police Scotland Superintendent Mark Cooper said: “We would like to thank the people who attended, drivers and our partner agencies for their help and cooperation in ensuring that the event passed safely and without incident.”