Friday, 11 July 2014

Commonwealth baton comes to the Three Towns

Tuesday (July 15) promises to be a day to remember as the Commonwealth Games baton comes to North Ayrshire.

Locals 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 location.

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.

Ardrossan 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:

Stevenston: Townhead Street – 4:35pm; Main Street – 4:38pm; Boglemart Street – 4:41pm; Saltcoats Road – 4:46pm; Auchenharvie Sports Centre – 4:48pm.

Saltcoats: 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.

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