Cumbernauld to welcome Glasgow 2014 baton on June 23

Written by Scott Campbell. Scott Campbell
Published at 17:43 on 16 May 2014.
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CUMBERNAULD’S starring moment in the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will be at shortly after 9am on Monday 23rd June, it has been announced.

Organisers of this year’s Commonwealth Games revealed earlier this year that North Lanarkshire will be the stunning background for the Baton Relay on June 23, but council officials only confirmed the street-by-street route of the Relay this week.

Starting in Stepps, at 8am, the baton will travel through Muirhead, Chryston, Cumbernauld, Airdrie, Chapelhall, Newmains, Cambusnethan, Wishaw, Motherwell, Coatbridge, Tannochside and Viewpark before ending the day at Strathclyde Country Park.

North Lanarkshire Council has confirmed that the baton will pass through Cumbernauld between 9:10am and 9:30am, in a relay that will cover 109km across the region, with some 105 lucky people lined up to be baton bearers. 

Confirming the street-level route of the relay, North Lanarkshire Provost, Jim Robertson invited local residents to line the route to “cheer on local champions who will carry the baton.”
Mr Robertson said: "The Queen's Baton Relay will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate communities and friendship in North Lanarkshire and across the Commonwealth.” 

"For the local people who will carry the baton it will be a very proud day and we want to recognise their achievements and cheer them on. It's also a call for everyone to get behind Team Scotland and show our support for the athletes as they get ready to compete for medals at the Games.”

As part of North Lanarkshire wide celebrations, residents will be able to take part in two great community events during the day – one at Summerlee Museum and a second at the spectacular evening celebration at Strathclyde Park, tickets for which will be free and available soon.

More than 700 school children will also take part in Commonwealth Games-related sports activities at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

"So I hope the people of North Lanarkshire will give the Queen's Baton Relay and our baton bearers a very warm reception and make it a day to remember as we build towards North Lanarkshire playing its part as a Proud Host Venue for the Games, with the Triathlon at Strathclyde Park and part of the Cycling Time Trial in the Northern Corridor,” Mr Robertson added. 

Starting the day at 8am, the baton will start in Stepps, on Cumbernauld Road - at the ‘Welcome to North Lanarkshire’ road sign; then, it will continue along Cumbernauld Road; travel past First Avenue, Second Avenue, Comrie Road, Laundry Lane, Edward Place, and West Avenue, and move onto Blenheim Avenue, followed by a visit to St Andrew's Way - where it will stop at Stepps Primary School, at 8:20am.

By 8:35am, the baton will be on Cumbernauld Road, at the welcome to Muirhead sign, where it will continue; passing Knowe Road and Fleming Avenue, before turning into Lindsaybeg Road, where it will visit Chilterns Home, at 8:45am, for 10 minutes. Afterwards, the baton will continue back on Lindsaybeg Road, past Chryston Business Centre and Chryston High School, before turning onto Main Street, then Lindsaybeg Road, at Gartferry Road and on to Chryston Road at Dean Crescent before finishing at the Ian Nicholson Sports Centre at 9:05am.

After passing through Stepps and Muirhead, the baton will stop off for a drop of Scotland’s famous fizz, at the AG Barr factory – where it will arrive at 9:10. Afterwards the baton will travel north-east and join North Carbrain Road, at the Gala Bingo, before it continues down through North Carbrain past Bron Way, Central Health Centre, Cumbernauld College and onto Beechwood Road, for about 9:55am.

The Cumbernauld leg of the some 190,000km Queen’s Baton Relay - over 288 days through the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth – will then be over, with the baton heading over to Airdrie’s Black Street, where it will arrive at 10am.

The Queen’s Baton Relay has been travelling across the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, in a 288 day journey, covering 190,000km. The Relay will end on July 23rd at Glasgow’s Celtic Park, in time for the Opening Ceremony of the Games. 

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