Queen's Baton Relay: Commonwealth Games baton in north east Scotland

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The Queen's Baton will visit a North Sea oil platform and Skara Brae during its time in the north east of Scotland.

On 2 July, the baton will be flown by helicopter to the Clair Oil platform - about 46 miles (75km) west of the Shetland Islands - to mark the role the oil industry plays in the region.

The baton will first arrive in Aberdeenshire on Sunday and will be carried by members of the public in communities across the area including those in Fraserburgh and Inverurie.

It will begin the day in Dunnottar Castle, while organisers have announced that Team Scotland swimmer Sara Hamilton will run in her hometown of Stonehaven.

The following day, the baton will be carried through Aberdeen. It will visit the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Robert Gordon University and will end the day in the city's Union Terrace Gardens.

Glasgow 2014 said baton bearers will include canoeist Tim Baillie and double Commonwealth gold medallist swimmer David Carry.

In Shetland, on 1 July, the baton will take in the communities of Sumburgh, Sandwick, Lerwick, Scalloway, Aith, Brae and Lerwick.

For the Moray Council area, the baton's visit will be spread over 2, 3 and 4 July, with highlights including a sports festival at Lossiemouth High School and a visit to the RAF base in the town.

Baton bearers across the area will include Scottish hockey international Nikki Kidd.

On 10 July, it will be the turn of Orkney to host the baton. It will be carried through Stromness, Skara Brae, Dounby, Finstown and Kirkwall.

"We look forward to the baton's time in the county after its epic worldwide journey," said Orkney Islands Council convener Steven Heddle.

"The visit of the Olympic Torch to the county was a momentous occasion for the county and the baton relay is shaping up to be bigger and better."

The baton relay will take 40 days to travel around every local authority area in Scotland.

The baton will be carried by about 100 people a day - many of whom have been chosen for their work in their local communities - before it plays a key role in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

The baton, which is the main curtain raiser for Glasgow 2014, has travelled all over the world to 70 nations and territories in the Commonwealth since Queen Elizabeth II placed her message inside it last October.

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