Queen's Baton Relay: Highlights from the baton's journey in Scotland

For the past 40 days, the Queen's Baton has travelled to every corner of Scotland as part of the countdown to Glasgow 2014.

From St Kilda to the Kelpies, Coldstream to Coatbridge, the baton has been welcomed by communities across the country as 4,000 baton bearers were celebrated for their achievements.

The baton will now play a key role in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games but before it takes centre stage here are some highlights from the Queen's Baton Relay in Scotland.


In September 2012 a thistle man named Clyde was unveiled in Glasgow as the mascot for the Commonwealth Games. He was the creation of 12-year-old Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld.

The man with purple hair, yellow shorts and a cheeky grin has proved to be a big hit on the road to Glasgow 2014.

Image caption Clyde was on hand at Crosshouse Hospital to say hello to Liam

Clyde came into his own on the Scotland leg of the Queen's Baton Relay. He was always on-hand to wave, dance with baton bearers and their supporters and - to use the Glasgow vernacular - he was always a wee bit gallus.


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For the duration of the Scottish leg of the journey of the Queen's Baton, the BBC has filmed all the baton bearers. One question we were frequently asked was who were those men and women in blue who were running alongside the baton.

They were specially-trained officers from Police Scotland, who took the opportunity to show policing in a light hearted fashion.

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They were the first people to whip up some cheers for the baton bearers. They allowed family and friends of baton bearers to pose with the baton. They became an integral part of the relay in Scotland.

They also had an amusing warm up technique - a penguin dance.


One of the big stories of the Queen's Baton Relay took place on Day 31 in Scotland in Inverclyde.

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Baton bearer David McSkimming had the pleasure of passing the baton to his partner and fellow baton bearer Susan Kirkpatrick in Greenock.

And David had other plans too. At the handover, they got engaged.

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She said yes, he put a ring on her finger, and the pair posed for photographs with friends and family before Susan continued with the baton.


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The Queen's Baton was welcomed across the country, with thousands of people turning out in the likes of Hamilton, Renfrew, Dumfries and Orkney to cheer on their community champions.

While the Queen's Baton was a very public event, it was full of very personal moments. Every baton bearer stopped to pose for photographs with their loved ones - memories that will no doubt live with them forever.

One of the most memorable occasions was in Johnstone. Gregory's Girl star Clare Grogan was a big draw for the crowds, and when she passed the baton to the next baton bearer the cheers continued.

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Scott Wilson's family gathered round the teenager, and his beaming smile made everyone who was watching realise how much carrying the baton meant to him.


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Some of Scotland's baton bearers decided to run, some decided to cycle. Others decided to walk, with their supporters cheering from the side.

On average, the baton bearers only had to travel 200m. For Bob Anderson, I imagine it was a memorable 200m.

To rapturous applause from the crowd in Dollar, he climbed out of his wheelchair and walked with the baton.

With the aid of a stick, and support from a police escort, he made his way down the road.

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As BBC reporter Cameron Buttle noted at the time: "One of Bob's biggest fans was his two-year-old grandson Archie. His son Bruce, a Royal Marine recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, was also in the crowd.

"It was a very emotional scene, and the cheers for Bob got louder and louder. He walked as far as he could, before getting back in his chair."