Tuesday (July 15) promises to be a day to remember as the Commonwealth Games baton comes to North Ayrshire.
will carry the baton across the district just eight-days before the
games officially open in Glasgow. Crowds are expected to line the
streets to see the event, while other attractions have been arranged in
local towns to mark the occasion.
The baton has travelled through
69 Commonwealth nations on its journey to Scotland, clocking-up around
120,000 miles as it made its way through towns and villages in each
A total of 125 North Ayrshire residents have been given
the honour of carrying the baton on Tuesday. The journey across North
Ayrshire begins at 7:30am in Skelmorlie and is scheduled to reach the
Three Towns at 4:35pm. Stevenston will be first to host the baton,
which will be carried through the town by Gordon Cowan, Marie McWaters,
Shawnie Harper and Danielle Joyce.
If all goes to plan, Saltcoats
will receive the baton at 5:05pm, where it will be carried by Scott
Hindmarsh, Jordan Hughes, Connie Jaffrey, Erin Cuthbert, Fiona Thomson,
Gary Davidson, Christopher Main, Paul Tulloch, John MacDonald, Sophie
Gallagher, Jim Young, Kevin Fawcett and Amiee Alexander.
gets its turn at 6:15pm: Robyn Gurney, John Graham, Amy McIntyre,
Rebecca Plaistow, Erin McAuley, Stephanie Thomson, Emma Hawthorn, Colin
Currie, Ross Shields, Rory Hunter, Rona Fulton, Elizabeth McKinnie,
Lorraine Fitzsimons, Sharon Purdy, Daniel Abercrombie, Shirleyann
Harris, Fraser Mackie, Jordan Fernando, Suzanne Fernando and Loretta
Cusack are the town’s baton-carriers.
Musical entertainment will
be provided at Stevenston Cross by local community radio station 3TFM
during the baton’s visit to the town, while a stage will be erected at
South Beach in Ardrossan where live acts will provide music throughout
the afternoon. The stage will also be the location for the headline
act, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who will perform at the closing event as
North Ayrshire Provost Joan Sturgeon accepts the baton on the
completion of its journey across the district.
The baton’s schedule through the Three Towns is:
Townhead Street – 4:35pm; Main Street – 4:38pm; Boglemart Street –
4:41pm; Saltcoats Road – 4:46pm; Auchenharvie Sports Centre – 4:48pm.
Canal Street – 5:04pm; Kyleshill – 5:09pm; Hill Street/Harbour Street –
5:11pm; the Braes – 5:12pm; Winton Circus – 5:19pm; Montgomerie
Crescent – 5:23pm; Burn Road – 5:27pm; South Crescent Road – 5:31pm;
Ardrossan Road – 5:34pm; Campbell Avenue – 5:38pm; Donaldson Avenue –
5:39pm; Jacks Road – 5:40pm; St Matthews Academy – 5:45pm; Jacks Road –
6:03pm; High Road – 6:05pm.
Ardrossan: Parkhouse Road – 6:15pm; Glasgow Street – 6:28pm; Princes Street – 6:34pm; South Crescent Road – 6:38pm.
Road closures and diversions will be in place along the baton’s route.