Commonwealth Games batonbearers had a wonderful reunion recently

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Local heroes who helped carry the Queen’s Commonwealth baton through East Dunbartonshire met up recently to celebrate their first anniversary.

East Dunbartonshire Council hosted a special event in Kirkintilloch on Monday, August 3 - exactly a year since the Commonwealth Games officially ended and the Legacy began.

The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) passed through East Dunbartonshire on 19 July 19 - giving over 100 local Batonbearers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get close to history.

The celebration - held at the new Lairdsland Primary - included the unveiling of a roll of honour and limited-edition book, a presentation to each batonbearer, highlights from the baton’s journey on 19 July, refreshments and more.

There was also a chance for guests to take away a promotional memento of last year’s event.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie and Provost Una Walker presented a certificate to each batonbearer.

She said: “It was wonderful to see so many of the batonbearers - together again in many cases for the first time since the relay through East Dunbartonshire last year.

“It was a welcome chance to reflect on a genuinely special day for East Dunbartonshire and all the people involved.

“The celebration was a timely reminder of the wonderful atmosphere which surrounded the Queen’s Baton as it passed through our local towns and villages.

“We felt it was appropriate to mark the contribution made by batonbearers last year, to reflect on the success of the activities surrounding the Games and also to look to the future and the ongoing Legacy.”

Certificates will be sent out to all batonbearers who were unable to attend. If you have not been contacted by the Council as regards the QBR, please e-mail suzanne.bruce@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or call 0141 578 8625.