Times & Speaker readers are being encouraged to line the streets and cheer on the baton bearers as the Queens Baton Relay comes to Lanarkshire this Sunday and Monday.
The relay is the curtain-raiser to the XX Commonwealth Games, and was launched at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty The Queen put a message into the baton last October.
It has visited 70 nations and territories, and come the finishing line at the opening ceremony, will have covered 190,000 kilometres and involved a third of the world’s population, making it the world’s most engaging relay.
Before reaching the ceremony at Celtic Park on July 23, the baton will be carried through South Lanarkshire on Sunday and North Lanarkshire on Monday.
North Lanarkshire Provost Jim Robertson said: “Monday will see the Queen’s Baton Relay visit North Lanarkshire on its tour of Scotland and it will truly be a day to remember. For most of us it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to have the Commonwealth Games on home soil and for us to see the baton at first hand, so I hope local people will line the streets and cheer it on.
“For each baton bearer, it’s also a very special day and we want to show our appreciation of their efforts by supporting them as they proudly carry the baton across North Lanarkshire.”
Eileen Logan, Provost of South Lanarkshire, added: “I am delighted that the Queen’s Baton relay will be passing through so many areas of South Lanarkshire. Bringing the Games to Scotland is a huge boost to the area – not only having so many top athletes competing here but in doing so encouraging so many people to take up sport or for those already involved, inspiring them to go on and be all that they can be and hopefully go on to represent their country at the highest level.”
South Lanarkshire - Sunday, June 22
4.37pm: Arrive in Uddingston - Glasgow Road, near the Redstones, and travel towards Main Street.
4.54pm: Arrive at Bothwell Road, near the golf club entrance, and head onwards to Bothwell.
5.16pm: Bothwell Road, at Woodlands Avenue, heading towards Uddingston Road to Main Street, to Hamilton Road.
5.35pm: Leaves the area on Hamilton Road, at the River Clyde bridge, and onto Hamilton.
There will be a closing celebration at Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds from 5.15 until 8.15pm. The baton is expected onstage at 6.45pm.
North Lanarkshire - Monday, June 23
1.40pm - arrive at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, where school children will be taking part in Commonwealth Games sports.
3pm - Move to Merry Street, near Calderbank Square, and continue past Dalziel Street, then into Menteith Road at the Dalziel Building.
3.10pm - Arrive at Brandon Street and travel to Windmillhill Street and onto the Civic Centre.
3.25pm - Call in at Civic Centre for a visit, then travel to Coatbridge.
5.55pm - Following a spell outwith the Times & Speaker circulation area, the baton will arrive back, on Old Edinburgh Road, Tannochside, outside the Thorntons shop / opposite Smurfit Kappa.
It will then continue past Viewpark Parish Church, Elmbank Avenue and Highgate Care Home.
6.10pm - the relay ends in North Lanarkshire in Strathclyde Park, which will host a celebration.
6.45pm - baton bearer boards a speedboat and travels length of the loch to the event.