Queen’s Baton brings smiles to Stoney

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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.

Scottish swimmer Sara Hamilton hands over the baton to Brian Hendry.   Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
Scottish swimmer Sara Hamilton hands over the baton to Brian Hendry. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

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.”

Baton bearer Ken Melville.   Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.
Baton bearer Ken Melville. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.

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.

Bob Gibson is handed the baton from Ken Melville. 

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Bob Gibson is handed the baton from Ken Melville. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.

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.”

Queen's Baton Relay Stonehaven. 

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Queen's Baton Relay Stonehaven. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.
Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster and the first two baton bearers Professor Sue Black and Lisa Singleton pictured at Dunnottar Castle.   Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster and the first two baton bearers Professor Sue Black and Lisa Singleton pictured at Dunnottar Castle. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
Professor Sue Black carries the baton at Dunnottar Castle. 

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Professor Sue Black carries the baton at Dunnottar Castle. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
Brian Hendry with the baton on Stonehaven beach.   Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.
Brian Hendry with the baton on Stonehaven beach. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.
 

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