People of all ages will be royally entertained when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes through East Dunbartonshire on Saturday, July 19 - with a variety of sport, family entertainment and activities on offer.
A fantastic range of attractions has been lined up by East Dunbartonshire Council and partners, including East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust and community organisations.
The events are supported through Games for Scotland – managed by EventScotland and a key part of Legacy 2014.
There will be opportunities to try some of the 17 Commonwealth Games sports, alongside family-friendly fun, at Allander Leisure Centre in Bearsden, Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre and Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome.
And Commonwealth Camps are taking place at The Leisuredrome from July 14-18.
The baton travels through Bearsden, Milngavie, Bardowie, Torrance, Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie, Twechar, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie and Bishopbriggs.
Fun on the day (19 July) courtesy of EDLC Cultural Services includes:
• Make Your Own Baton and Flag at Bishopbriggs, Brookwood, Milngavie and William Patrick Libraries - drop in from 10am-3pm
• Pantasy Steel Band workshops at Peel Park bandstand, Kirkintilloch, at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (children under seven must be accompanied by an adult)
• Storytelling Relay at William Patrick Library, Kirkintilloch, at noon (8-11 years)
• Commonwealth Gaming – Summer Stars in Bishopbriggs Library at 2pm
• Opening of the Namibian Art Exhibition at Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, from 10am-noon - celebrating one of East Dunbartonshire’s ‘Second Teams’ in conjunction with the Balmore Trust
• Marathon Storytelling Cycling Challenge in William Patrick Library at 4pm - actor Tam Dean Burn will read Julia Donaldson books and sing to children.
Bearsden Festival is organising ‘Gallus Sports’ in Bearsden Primary playground on July 19, with’ jeelie piece throwing’, ‘hame ‘ill dae me races’, crazy golf and more - making up a ‘Gallus Pentathlon’ with medals for all those who compete and complete.
There will also be a Commonwealth food festival in the playground, a flag hunt round the shops and everyone will be given their unique Commonwealth passport. Visit www.bearsdenfestival.org.uk for information.
Milngavie Precinct will also be a hub of activity, with a range of celebratory events involving Milngavie Youth Centre supported by Milngavie BID (Business Improvement District) from July 14 to 19. There will be various activities, sports, music and more - including a ‘quacking’ duck race on July 19.
EDLC Cultural Services has arranged other events for July 19:
• QBR Storytime at the Auld Kirk Museum at 11am (3-6 years)
• Queen’s Baton Paper Making in Peel Park, Kirkintilloch from 1pm -3pm, featuring artist Alison Newman, who created the paper for the Queen’s message inside the Baton
• The Pokey Hat with Grinagog Theatre in Peel Park, Kirkintilloch, at 1.30pm and 3pm - with interactive family shows from an ice cream van. Each audience member receives a free ice cream!
• The Commonwealth Games in glorious Macastoryvision in William Patrick Library at 2pm - with stories, songs and drama about the Gods and Heroes who created the Games of Gold
• QBR Fitbug Bookbug in the Auld Kirk Museum at 2pm for babies and toddlers (0-36 months)
• The Commonwealth Games in Macastoryvision in Bishopbriggs Library at 4.30pm
For more information on EDLC events, call 0141 777 3143.