Volunteers from Bute are preparing to fill a wide variety of roles in Glasgow this week as the Commonwealth Games gets under way.
The cast list for Wednesday night’s opening ceremony at Celtic Park includes Rothesay Primary School teacher Julie Henry and six of the island’s Highland dancers, Megan Poole, Kathyrn Armstrong, Eilidh McNeil, Carly Willcocks, Kirsty Barrett and Alison Shaw, all of whom are also due to take part in the closing ceremony at Hampden on August 3.
Kirsty, who helped carry the Queen’s Baton through Dunoon when the relay visited the Cowal town on July 13, is also part of the army of Clydesider volunteers at the Games, along with her fellow baton-bearer Jenna Speirs and another Rothesay resident Anne McGhie.
Meanwhile, local firefighter, community councillor and Scottish Water worker Henry Tait will spend eight days at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green as a member of the venue’s first aid team.
And that’s before you even start to count the number of island residents who’ll be travelling to Glasgow to spectate at some of the Games events, among them Jane Gillies, who won pair of tickets through a community poll organised by The Buteman after being nominated for her work promoting sporting activities and healthy living on the island.
Whatever you’re doing at the Games, whether you’re mentioned above or not (and apologies to those we’ve missed out by mistake), we want to hear your Glasgow 2014 stories: give us a call on (01700) 502503 or send your experiences, and pictures, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing the results!