LiveAs it happened: Queen's Baton Relay, Day 38, Glasgow


  1. The relay started at the Riverside Museum and ended at Victoria Park
  2. The baton was carried by zip wire from the Finnieston crane across the River Clyde to the BBC Scotland building at Pacific Quay
  3. Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin carried the baton to the Partick Thistle ground
  4. Susan Boyle was a baton bearer at Yorkhill children's hospital

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By Craig Frew and Findlay Stein

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That's it for today

Findlay Stein

BBC Scotland

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

It's been an exciting day on the relay, as the baton crossed the River Clyde by zip wire and was carried round Yorkhill hospital by Susan Boyle.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of Glasgow 2014, also got to carry the baton to Partick Thistle's ground.

We even got a chance to see it here at the BBC building in Pacific Quay, before it went up the tower at Glasgow Science Centre.

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The relay then worked its way around the west of the city before former Scottish middle-distance runner Christine Whittingham carried the baton on to the stage at tonight's evening celebration in Victoria Park.

Tomorrow, the baton relay continues its tour of Glasgow, travelling round the south of the city from Carmunnock to Shawlands.

We hope you can join us. Our live coverage starts at 07:00 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.

Massive support

Tony Nellany

BBC Scotland

Massive crowds have turned out to watch the finale of day 38 of the Queen's Baton Relay in a wonderfully sunlit Victoria Park.

Baton bearer - John Dargie

John, who has just carried the baton, has been named as the "most dedicated coach possible" by some of his nominees.

He helps and supports young athletes at the Fusion Triathlon Club, which he formed in 2009. John, who also coaches world champion paratriathlete Jane Egan, is fully committed to promote inclusiveness in sport for all abilities.

'Games almost here'

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BBC Scotland

The baton is currently at the Scotstoun Sports Campus along with the Papua New Guinea squash team.

The Commonwealth Games are almost here.


'Hello Australia'

We've been getting messages of support for the relay from all over the world. Now the baton bearers are returning the compliment.

Here's a quick "hello" from Gill Timney to her cousin Brian Ward and his two children in Melbourne, Australia, who were planning to get up in the middle of the night to watch the video stream.

We hope you enjoyed it.


Baton bearer James Boyd

Baton bearer James Boyd is doing a sterling job in Scotstoun, letting spectators touch the Queen's Baton.

Look back in pictures

Gordon Simpson looked delighted with his guard of honour in Knightswood earlier.


Carole Shields was well-supported in Drumchapel, where John McEwan was also treated to a gymnastics display.


Proud in Portugal

It's great to know that people are watching the video stream all over the world.

Ross Barrow has emailed to say:

"Just watched dad/gramps (Hugh Barrow) live from Portugal, so proud. Love Ross, Siobhan, Eve and Lois xxx."

Quiz time

As the baton relay draws to its conclusion today why not try our .

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Baton bearer - Mark Barrow

Mark Barrow was the last person to carry the baton in Drumchapel.

Mark works as a schools-based police officer, helping to break down barriers between the police and young people.

He dedicates his spare time to children's charities, and completed this year's London marathon in full ice hockey gear to raise funds.

Baton bearer - Terry McLernon MBE

Terry is an inspirational figure within his local community. He has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to coaching and helping young people change their lives for the better in Drumchapel. Terry has won numerous awards for his work with children all over Scotland, giving them the opportunity to play table tennis.

Drumchapel Sports Centre


Make sure you click on the stream at the top of the page as we've got gymnasts going through their routines as former weightlifter John McEwan (pictured outside the centre) takes the baton round the Drumchapel Sports Centre.

'My heart is bursting'

Lilian Curley has emailed a message of support for Kathleen Murray who will carry the baton in Yoker shortly.

She says: "Good luck Kathleen. Enjoy every step. I am so proud my heart is bursting. Wish I could be there with you.

"Love and best wishes from Leeds. I'll be watching you all the way.

"Love Lilian. Danielle and Ron"

Baton bearer - Hugh Barrow

Sixty-nine-year-old Hugh has been involved in sport since the early 1950s and still contributes greatly. Hugh raced with Victoria Park AAC for more than 20 years before becoming head of sport at East Dunbartonshire Council.

Looking great (not you Clyde)

Seen earlier at the Netherton Community Centre: Games mascot Clyde posing for a picture with 107-year-old Margaret Melvin.


Baton bearer - John Sheridan

John has worked in Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre since it opened in 1994 and has helped support thousands of substance abusers. In the words of those who nominated him, John is "a determined, courageous man and is an ideal role model for all people struggling with addiction."

Baton bearer - Mahad Ahmed

Eva Michniewicz, who skipped for her entire leg of the relay, passed the baton to Mahad Ahmed.

Triple-jumper Mahad has just graduated from Glasgow School of Sport, where he was "a role model who inspired plenty of young people to get involved in sport" according to those who nominated him.

Away in Knightswood


The relay has resumed in Knightswood.

First baton bearer Eva-Ray looks a bit out of breath after running up a big hill. She hands over to Alastair Mathieson.

Photo opportunities

Colin Fraser is Temple's final baton bearer.

He's going round the crowd outside Netherton Community Centre giving everyone the chance to take pictures and touch the baton.

The relay is running slightly ahead of schedule, so he's got plenty of time to do this.

Partick's thistle

Who should turn up to pose with Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith at Partick Thistle FC's ground?

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None other than mascot Clyde, Glasgow 2014's very own thistle.

There's nothing wrong with keeping in with the boss, eh Clyde?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?


We're not quite sure. Gordon Crane was pictured at the Botanic Gardens with some superhero sidekicks.

They appear to include "multiplication symbol girl", two "lightning flash ladies" and "pi woman".

If anyone knows what's going on could they please email or tweet and put us out of our misery.

High kicks for Hunter

A kilted Hunter Reid was Maryhill's last baton bearer.

The police escort performed the can-can at the side of the road as he went past, marking the end of this section of the relay.

The baton is back on the bus and will shortly arrive in Temple.

'Great job'

Janet McLaughlin emailed: "Congratulations to all the runners escorting the baton carriers. They are very efficient as well as being aware of the need of the carriers, re photographs etc.

"They are doing a great job and all seem to be very happy doing it. A big thank you to them all."

Baton bonanza

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Talking of homemade batons, here are some creations from the imaginative children at Yorkhill hospital.

Thumbs up for the baton

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The relay is back on the streets of Glasgow after a brief visit to Firhill Stadium, home of Partick Thistle FC.

Alexander McTaggart (left) gave a thumbs-up to the cheering crowd, before high-fiving next baton bearer Hugh Turner.

Even better than the real thing?

On first glance you may, like us, be fooled into thinking this young man is holding the Queen's Baton.


Closer inspection reveals that someone is a wizard with tin foil and sticky tape.

Blue Peter eat your heart out!

Baton bearer - Lord Smith

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Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin takes a few moments out of his no doubt incredibly busy schedule to carry the baton along Firhill Road. He receives a massive hug from Glasgow 2014 mascot Clyde outside the Partick Thistle ground.

'Proud day'

St Paul's Youth Forum, a project in the north east of Glasgow, tweets: "A proud day in the sun for St. Paul's Youth Forum with three people carrying the Queens Baton. #bbcbatonrelay"

St Paul's Youth Forum

Baton bearer - Lauren Brown

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Eighteen-year-old Lauren recently won an award for her community work. She is involved in the Ranger Guides, where she offers encouragement to the younger children.

Boccia champ takes the baton

Stephen McGuire takes the baton in Great Western Road.

Stephen is a four-time Scottish Champion and a seven-time British Champion boccia player.

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He was selected along with his brother, Peter, to compete for Team GB at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Baton bearer - Mairi Gowans

PE teacher Mairi has raised more than £100,000 for Children in Need. Those who nominated her say she is "truly inspirational in encouraging young people into sport on so many different levels".

Botanic Gardens

The relay has emerged from the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow's west end.

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Christine MacDonald took the baton for a quick tour of the tree ferns housed within the Kibble Palace.

Baton bearer - Tricia O'Hara

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Tricia (pictured on the left of Adrienne Hunter) is fighting cancer for the second time and remains positive throughout her chemotherapy. According to the people who nominated her, she continues to inspire others, including the patients on the cancer ward where she works in Glasgow's Western Infirmary.

West End baton bearers

Ibrahim Kraria hands the baton to Suzanne Blair as the route travels along Byres Road.

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Partick Burgh Hall

The baton is at Partick Burgh Hall and due to move towards Byres Road shortly.

Go Grandpa!

Mark Canning emailed: "Best of luck to Dougie Canning who will be carrying the baton this afternoon through Maryhill in the shadow of both his own and spiritual home of Firhill.

"Truly deserved honour for his years of service to the community. Love from all the family. Go Grandpa!"

Susan at Yorkhill

Singer Susan Boyle visited the Royal Hospital for Sick Children with the Queen's baton this morning. This young chap gave her a warm welcome on behalf of the emergency department and she made an appearance on Radio Lollipop, which broadcasts within the hospital.

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Susan then spent some time visiting the hospital's patients, giving them a chance to touch the baton.

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Baton bearer - Joe Brannan

Joe is described by the people who nominated him as "a champion for boxing, fitness, health, sport and education in the wider Glasgow community."

He is the head coach of Partick Amateur Boxing Club and works to ensure the club is accessible to all in the community.

Baton in Partick

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We are edging closer to the Commonwealth Games with every step of the baton relay. It is currently making its way along the streets of Partick.

Natalie Bretherick (pictured left), Marianne Chiromo (right), Catherine O'Donovan, Elizabeth Kerr and Laura Park have all just had the honour of running with the baton.

Smile it's the baton

Lianne Campbell stopped during her stint with the baton along Broomhill Drive to take some photographs.

Where you can see the baton today?

The relay is running slightly behind schedule.

If you want to head to watch the baton pass your area, here is rough plan for the route for the rest of the day.

  • Victoria Park
  • Partick
  • Hillhead
  • Woodlands
  • Saracen
  • Firhill
  • Maryhill
  • Temple
  • Knightswood
  • Drumchapel
  • Yoker
  • Knightswood
  • Scotstoun
  • Jordanhill

Great Western Road

The baton is now on Great Western Road where Bill Macfarlane is carrying the baton. The relay is currently running about 12 minutes behind schedule.

Dancing with the baton

Louise Crilly is dancing along Great Western Road as the relay gets into full swing in the west end of Glasgow.

Three cheers for the baton

The crowds are gathering in the west end of Glasgow this morning.

Are you there? Email of tweet #bbcbatonrelay your pictures and stories.


Maryhill Integration Network

Josephine Haythornthwaite looks like she enjoyed every moment with her friends from Maryhill Integration Network as she carried baton through Hyndland earlier.

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Get involved

Michael Fell emailed a good luck message to one of the Partick baton bearers,

"Just to say a big congratulations to Lindsay Hotchkiss on being a bearer through Partick at around 1.30pm! So proud of you! Love from Michael x"

Keep your emails and tweets to #bbcbatonrelay coming.

University Avenue


The baton bearers are enjoying the sunshine as the relay route travels past the famous landmark Glasgow University.

Ajay Singh, Shraddha Bhogaita, Elizabeth Wright and Grahame Muir all ran with the baton on University Avenue.

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Baton bearer - Desmond Gilmore

Desmond has been a member of Glasgow University Sports Association for the past 25 years.

He is also involved with Dunbartonshire Amateur Athletics Association and helps to contribute to the success of cross country and road running.

The people who nominated Des say he "is committed to enhancing the sporting experience of others and gives support and advice to the students and teachers" and he does all of this in addition to his duties as a lecturer.

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Waves for the baton

Anita Mellor hands the baton to a kilted Eric Kay at the corner of Kelvin Way, in Glasgow's West End.

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Eric has been involved in raising the profile of the local community for a number of years.

Baton bearer - Gillian Black

Gillian was nominated for her dedication to athletics and is described as an outstanding middle-distance runner.

The people who nominated her said she was "a positive role model and an inspiration to others, especially children".

She has competed at a high level, representing Scotland on seven occasions.

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Huge crowds gathered in front of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museums as the convoy whizzed past. The baton was taken to the Victorian building by Michael Chesterton-Kay, who passed it to Gillian Black.


Kelvingrove is one of the most visited museums in the United Kingdom outside of London and will also watch over the lawn bowls, which are to be held on the neighbouring green, during the Games.

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The Canadian and New Zealand teams were practising today as the baton passed by.


Are you watching the relay today? Tweet #bbcbatonrelay or email your pictures and stories.

Baton in Yorkhill

Louise Pearson hands the baton to Diane King as the baton makes it way along the streets of Yorkhill.

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Yorkhill baton bearer - Susan Boyle

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As Susan Boyle ran with the baton she said to the photographers: "And you thought I was too old at my age."

Touching the baton

The relay has made quick visit inside Yorkhill hospital, where Scottish singer Susan Boyle is passing the baton among the children.


Baton bearer - Kirsten Perry

Kirsten works as a senior theatre nurse at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.

She helps to raise funds for the hospital and the local community with her love of cycling. Every year Kirsten also volunteers in Bangladesh to help train nurses.

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Susan Boyle with Radio Lollipop

BBC Journalist Cameron Buttle tweets this image of Susan Boyle waiting for the baton with a DJ from Radio Lollipop, a radio station for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.


Yorkhill waits for the baton

The crowds are starting to gather at Yorkhill Hospital as they await in imminent arrival of the baton.


Great dancing

There is some serious Highland Dancing on Berkeley Street, courtesy of Abbie MacNeil. The police escorts did their best to keep up but sensibly opted to clap along as the moves got a bit too energetic.

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A great reception at Glasgow Gaelic School/Sgoil Ghaidlig Ghlaschu.

Today on the relay

It has been an action packed morning on the relay as baton is about to arrive at the Glasgow Gaelic School / Sgoil Ghaidlig Ghlaschu in Finnieston.

Anthony Morris hands the baton to Elliot Ramler as the route passed through Anderston earlier.

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Nina Saunders steadies herself before travelling on a zip wire from Finnieston Crane.

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Mark O'Sullivan carried baton next to the Hydro.

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Richard Robinson posed for pictures at the top of the Finnieston Crane.

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