Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown and Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray have welcomed the news that the Queen’s Baton Relay route will include a number of towns and villages in Dumfries and Galloway.
To mark the Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton visits every Member Nation of the Commonwealth Games and ends with a tour of Scotland where it will visit 400 communities around the country. The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Dumfries and Galloway on Thursday 19 June and will go through Langholm Gretna Eastriggs Dumfries Castle Douglas Kirkcudbright Newton Stewart and Stranraer.
Commenting on the route, Russell Brown said:
“It is a great that the Queen’s Baton will be visiting towns from one end of the region to the other. It will allow local people to feel part of the Commonwealth Games. When the Olympic Torch came to our region in 2012, there were massive crowds to welcome it and I am sure it will be the same this time.”
Elaine Murray added:
“I welcome the news that our region is part of the Queen’s Baton relay route. The Commonwealth Games belongs to everyone in Scotland and the Baton coming to our region highlights this fact.”
Dumfries and Galloway Council Events Champion Councillor Colin Smyth said, “It is really fantastic news that the Queens Baton Relay will be visiting so many towns across Dumfries and Galloway and our region will be part of the buildup the Commonwealth games. This will give literally thousands of people a chance to see the baton but also take part in a range of exciting events that are currently being planned to mark the baton coming to each town. A number of people who have been nominated will also have the opportunity to carry the baton and the names of those lucky individuals will be revealed soon” .