Villages set for part in Games baton relay

Bothwell Parish Church is one of the South Lanarkshire landmarks that could be included on the relay route.

Bothwell Parish Church is one of the South Lanarkshire landmarks that could be included on the relay route.

0
Have your say

The Commonweath Games baton is set to be taken through Uddingston and Bothwell next summer in the build-up to Glasgow 2014.

However, it’s not yet clear whether it will come to the Motherwell and Bellshill areas.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is already underway and will visit 70 nations before arriving in Glasgow.

It has been revealed that the baton will be in South Lanarkshire for around 10 hours on Sunday, June 22. The route currently under consideration will take it through Lanark, Carluke, East Kilbride, Rutherglen, Uddingston, Bothwell and Hamilton.

South Lanarkshire Council says it wants to include some of the major areas of population and important landmarks.

A spokesman said: “Although we won’t have total say over the route, we’ll co-ordinate arrangements to ensure the relay reaches as many of our communities as possible.

“There will be an opportunity for 100 baton bearers to take part throughout South Lanarkshire. Fifty of the places will be determined by the Glasgow 2014 organisation and will include a place for each secondary school in South Lanarkshire.

“The remaining places will be determined by a local judging panel. Places on the panel will be available to representatives of community organisations.”

The baton will be in North Lanarkshire on Monday, June 23, but a North Lanarkshire Council spokesman could give no details of the likely route at this time.