The Commonwealth Games baton is scheduled to arrive in North Ayrshire just days before the Glasgow sporting spectacle begins next year.
The specially-crafted baton embarked last week on a 70-nation tour, which will culminate in a 40-day journey around Scotland – and a visit to North Ayrshire on Tuesday, July 15. By then, the baton will have travelled through Asia, Oceania, Africa, North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe on its way to the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, July 23.
The baton has its own exclusive links with North Ayrshire, with the handle made of elm wood sourced from the grounds of Garrison House on the island of Cumbrae.
Around 100 bearers will carry the baton each day on the Scottish leg of its tour, with the public having the chance to nominate someone for the honour by visiting the Glasgow 2014 website – www.glasgow2014.com/baton-relay - assistance is also available to complete nominations at local public libraries. Games organisers are looking for the names of people who have made a positive contribution to others through community sport or displayed a level of individual achievement against the odds.
North Ayrshire Provost Joan Sturgeon said, “I am so looking forward to this. What a summer it will be next year with all eyes focussed on Scotland.
“Glasgow will be a great host for the Commonwealth Games and we in North Ayrshire are delighted to play our part so close to the start of the event.
“I would urge the people of North Ayrshire to nominate worthy candidates who will take the baton from community to community. This is a chance for us to celebrate our sporting heroes and encourage them to achieve bigger and better successes in the future.”