Bearsden man honoured to carry baton

17.7.14 BEARSDEN. Ali Syed Commonwealth games baton bearer.
17.7.14 BEARSDEN. Ali Syed Commonwealth games baton bearer.

He was given an MBE in 2004 but one Bearsden man has spoken of his honour in carrying the queen’s baton through his home town.

Ali Syed was selected to carry the baton along Milngavie Road on Saturday afternoon, following decades of selfless dedication to his community.

He said: “I am delighted to have carried the Queen’s Baton through this area — it is a real honour for me.

“I was down at Bearsden Cross last week and saw the banners telling everyone that the event was coming to town.

“It was looking up at those signs that it really started to hit home.”

He added: “It was a big day for me; my whole family came up from London to see me carry the baton.”

For Mr Syed, the news that the Commonwealth Games was being held in Glasgow was an invitation to get involved.

He said: “As soon as I saw that the Games would be coming to Glasgow, I really wanted to be a part of it somehow.

“I was really quite excited when I was told I had been selected to run the baton through my home town.”

Mr Syed worked as a clinical scientist for 35 years at Glasgow’s Western Infirmary.

He was awarded an MBE in 2004 for his services to his local community.

In the 1997 General Election, he stood as a Labour candidate for the Argyll and Bute constituency.