LiveAs it happened: Queen's Baton Relay, Day 37, Glasgow


  1. The baton relay started at Glasgow Green
  2. It travelled to Merchant City, Garnethill, George Square, Dennistoun and Shettleston
  3. It also visited Celtic Park, Garthamlock, Alexandra Park and Springburn Park

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By Craig Frew and Findlay Stein

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today

That's it from today's Queen's Baton Relay live page.

It's been a great first day in Glasgow. Shoppers on Buchanan Street stopped for a look at the baton, which also went on a trip on the subway, was carried round Merchant City and George Square before touring the east of the city and visiting Celtic Park.

Our favourite baton bearer was 93-year-old Jamie Stuart who entertained the crowds with his antics. He also took a shine to one of the police escorts.

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Tomorrow, the baton relay continues its tour of Glasgow, travelling around the west of the city.

Get to your bed early if you plan on joining us. Our live coverage starts at 06:45 BST.

Are you, or is someone you know, taking part in the relay tomorrow? We would love to hear from you.

You can get the latest news from the baton relay on our website.

Seven-time paralympian Michael McCreadie

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Multi-medal winning, seven-time Paralympian Michael (pictured on the right with Terrence Campbell) is today's final baton bearer. He won two bronze medals in lawn bowls at the 1976 Summer Paralympics and a silver in curling at the Winter Paralympics in 2006.


Baton bearers - Melodie Crumlin and Margaret Cowie

Melodie founded the PEEK (Possibilities East End Kids) Project, which works with more than 950 children and young people annually aged between five to 25 to "increase their self-confidence and give them the skills they need to change their lives".

Melodie passed the baton to Margaret Cowie.

Margaret has been blind from birth. She has raised more than £250,000 in 30 years for the blind and partially-sighted. She is the chair of many charities including the Scottish Association of Guide Dog Owners, the Royal Blind School, and the National Federation of the Blind West of Scotland branch.

Bye bye Balornock

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Sheila Atkinson (left) and Hayley Calvert (right) were Balornock's final baton bearers, and the relay is now making its way towards today's finish in Springburn Park.

What does it say?

Sandra Hunter has emailed this picture of her son Jonathan holding the baton with Dr Margo Whiteford, outside Glasgow's city chambers.

Sandra Hunter

Sandra says he touched the baton but didn't get to read the letter from the Queen.

Don't worry Jonathan, you only have to wait until Wednesday for Her Majesty to reveal her secret message at the Opening Ceremony.

Where are Crazy Horse?

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A kilted Neil Young has just carried the baton in Royston.

Fans of the Canadian singer-songwriter will be disappointed, but not surprised, to find out that it was a different Neil Young.

Sorry Neil, we imagine you must get people asking you to sing "Heart of Gold" all the time.

Selfie for Stephen!

The current baton bearer has paused on the steepest part of Royston Road to take a selfie.

The policeman on the bicycle behind him looks like he's glad of the short break.

Ibrox makeover

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Glasgow 2014 tweeted: "The rugby posts are in! Ibrox football stadium transforms as excitement builds for the Games"

Relay in Royston

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Ibrahim Dikko was Royston's first baton bearer. He handed over to Magloire Sanou, before Stella Winters ended this stretch of the relay.

Baton bearer - Jamie Stuart

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Ninety-three-year-old Jamie was the 1948 Scottish two-mile steeplechase champion. He raised thousands of pounds for charities including Save the Children Fund and The Glasgow Lodging House Mission by running five marathons when in his 60's.

Crowd-pleaser Jamie had some fun on the relay today. He stopped to pose with a police motorcyclist then pretended he was going to throw the baton into the air.

Clearly a ladies' man, he walked along Alexandra Parade hand-in-hand with one of the police escorts before posing for a picture with a female spectator.

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Darren McCann

Darren McCann emailed: "My dad Gerry McCann carrying the baton with his granddaughter Macie earlier at Wardie Road in Easterhouse."

Baton bearer - Heather Usher

Heather has run a local under-five's football club on a twice-weekly basis for more than four years. She is also secretary of St Paul's Youth Forum, which helps young people access sporting and other activities that would otherwise not be available to them.

Guard of honour

Monika Michon was given a "Grand of Duke of York"-style guard of honour by the police escort as she ended her stint in the relay in Riddrie.

She then raised both arms aloft and saluted the crowd with the baton.

No boat for baton

Sorry, it looks like the kayak trip has been cancelled.

The baton is now in Riddrie, where Amy Allan is first baton bearer.

Hogganfield Loch

The baton was carried by mountain bike into the parkland surrounding Hogganfield Loch, where it will shortly take a trip on a kayak.

Goodbye Garthamlock, hello Ruchazie

A waving Reegan Stevenson was the final baton bearer in Garthamlock.

The relay has now moved to Ruchazie where the first baton bearer, Courtney, is a rhythmic gymnast.

To the delight of the crowd, she twirled a ribbon as she ran with the baton.

Close but no cigar

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Kirsty Partridge (pictured with Daniel Odoom), who has a pair of Commonwealth Games flags embedded in her hair, was well supported during her spell with the baton.

A cheering group of children wore T-shirts which spelt out K-I-R-S-T-Y.

Well it would have, if they'd been standing in the right order.

Get involved

Thomas McCann was out cheering on the relay in Braidfauld. He's very kindly sent in this great picture of Guilia Kerr passing the baton to Isobel Finbow.

Thomas McCann

Please email us your pictures of the baton action, or tweet using #bbcbatonrelay. We look forward to seeing them.

Loud and proud

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The crowd in Garthamlock went wild for first baton bearer Ian Marshall. The cheers were deafening as he proudly set off in his kilt.

Watching us, watching you

If you're watching the video feed you may have noticed a couple of more animated spectators outside Glasgow Kelvin College.

They were on their phones jumping around and waving their arms. We suspect they were telling their friends to look out for them on the BBC's video stream.

Baton bearer - Josephine McMahon

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Jo runs a not for profit organisation called Handmade Arts which delivers art and craft classes to children and pensioners. She is chairperson of Glasgow-based environmental charity Urban Roots, and is also involved in Classrooms for Malawi, which funds education in Africa.

Baton bearer - Nancy McGinness

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Nancy worked as a teacher and head teacher in some of the most deprived areas of Glasgow. Nancy also volunteered her time to work as part of the Blackhill Drugs Group. A keen country dancer, she has recently taken up ballet.

Looking good

Thomas Patterson, who ran a little earlier, certainly looked as though he enjoyed his stint in the relay.

Looking good in his kilt, he proudly marched along Shettleston Road taking time out to allow spectators to touch the baton.

'Is that the Queen?'

A little girl in the crowd was overheard saying, "Is that the Queen?" as baton bearer Moira Robertson went past.

We have to admit to thinking that there is more than a passing resemblance between Moira and Her Majesty.

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She is pictured receiving the baton from James McNeil, who looks nothing like Prince Philip.

Baton bearer - John O'Hara

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The relay has now reached Garrowhill, where John O'Hara is first to carry the baton.

John worked as a concierge and is now an environmental co-ordinator for Glasgow Housing Association. During his professional career he has prevented suicides, helped a tenant in labour and also reunited families.

He also runs a charity football team which raises money for vulnerable people in the east end of Glasgow.

'An inspiration'

Alison Hendry tweets: "#bbcbatonrelay watched Derek Todd on live stream & felt very proud! I grew up with him as my deaf youth club leader & he is an inspiration!"


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The baton has just set off along Shettleston Road, safe in the hands of John Kuriakose. He's receiving some loud cheers from the large East End crowd.

Live at Edinburgh Castle

The baton made a special appearance at last night's concert Live at Edinburgh Castle, which you can now watch on iPlayer.

The castle welcomed a stellar line up of international acts, including Jessie J, Kaiser Chiefs, Culture Club, Smokey Robinson, Rizzle Kicks, Paloma Faith, Katherine Jenkins, Il Divo, OneRepublic, Alfie Boe, Ella Henderson and Pumeza.

At the end of the concert former Olympians Gregor Tait and Lee McConnell carried the baton on to the stage, to passing it to Ronnie Corbett.


BBC Radio Scotland presenter Fred MacAuley then took the baton on behalf of the people of Glasgow, with a promise to "put on a terrific two weeks of sport and sportsmanship".

He added: "The world will be watching, Scotland will deliver a fantastic show. Good luck to all the participants, especially all the home nations - I know you'll do us proud."


Thanks to Gregory

Martin Grassom emailed this picture of baton bearer Gregory Warnecke.

Martin Grassom

He says: "Thanks to Greg at Glasgow Caledonian University. He posed for so many pictures. My daughter Sarah and I really enjoyed it, and one of the policemen even gave her a special wrist band of his. Brilliant atmosphere."

If you've been out to the see the relay we'd love to hear about it. Please email or tweet using #bbcbatonrelay.

Baton bearer - Guilia Kerr

Giulia has volunteered for many years with charity Over The Wall, which provides life-changing camps for children with serious illnesses.

She has also raised a significant amount of money for the organisation, which helped more than 100 children from all over Scotland last year.

Fitzpatrick fans

Active East aims to create a 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy for young people in east Glasgow by increasing physical activity and building skills through volunteering.

They tweet: "Lots of support for Active Champion Edward Fitzpatrick even the dog is kitted out @Batonrelay2014 #bbcbatonrelay"

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Congratulations to Kyle!

Kyle Dragsnes ran with the baton in Bishopbriggs last night and his family got in touch to say,

"Congratulations to Kyle!!! He was over the moon to carry the baton yesterday. We are so proud of him especially after everything he has been through with the road accident.

"Lots of love from Mum, Granny Dot and Granda John."

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Baton bearer - Derek Todd

Derek Todd is posing for pictures with the baton outside the Emirates Arena.

Derek is passionate about sport, and has been a volunteer within the deaf community for more than 15 years. Those who nominated him say he is "an enthusiastic youth leader who puts everyone's else's needs before his own".

Celtic Park

Zabih Saddiqi was Parkhead's first baton bearer.

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He handed over to a kilted John Zambonini who carried the baton into Celtic Park, which will host the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday evening.

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Done in Dennistoun

Declan McGarrity was Dennistoun's final baton bearer. The relay is now forging on to Parkhead.

He just can't get enough

One of the relay's previous baton bearers, Charles Inglis, has emailed to share his experience of the day.

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Charles says: "I was bearer 35 on day 35 at Clydebank and loved every minute of it. I was at the evening celebrations at Three Queens Square and the reception at the Town Hall, all of which made the day so memorable.

"Yesterday I followed the baton through Bearsden and Milngavie area where I live, and tomorrow I will follow it through the Jordanhill area where I was born nearly 72 years ago.

"I can't get enough of the Queen's Baton Relay - roll on the Games."

Baton bearer - Scott Maxwell

Scott organises events to raise awareness and money for local charities, which have collected more than £130,000 in the last three years. He is currently fundraising for CHAS (Children's Hospice Association Scotland) and will be volunteering at Glasgow 2014.

'So proud'

Kathryn Smith emailed: "Watching great coverage on BBC live and BBC24. As the wife of Robin Smith, one of the designers at 4c Design I'm so proud of what they created, how it has inspired people and how it will contribute to the legacy of the games."

Find out more about how the Queen's Baton was created.

Cathedral precinct

The baton is making stops at the Provand's Lordship, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Glasgow Cathedral.

Wark at a canter


Kirsty Wark has got the relay back underway and is running along Cathedral Street as drivers sound their horns in support.