A number of island residents have been selected to carry the baton in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the opening games in Glasgow in June.
An official list has not been published as yet, but we have learned via our Facebook page that the following people have been informed of their selection: Kirsty Barrett, Kevin Smith, Thomas Connor and Sam Lawrie, Michael Mitchell, John Gilmour, Jenna Speirs, Matthew Leitch, and Robyn Horsburgh.
Each baton-bearer was chosen by an independent panel which considered a number of factors including achievements against the odds, mentoring of young people, contributions to community and youth sport and making a difference in local communities.
The baton will pass through the hands of around 100 baton-bearers each day of the relay before reaching Glasgow in time for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, where Her Majesty the Queen will read her message aloud.
* Given that at the time of writing there has been no official word on all of Bute’s chosen baton-bearers, this list is not comprehensive. However, if you or someone you know has been selected to carry the Queen’s Baton, please get in touch on (01700) 502503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.