Relay’s Argyll and Bute visit ‘an outstanding success’

Shinty clubs from the Cowal area form a guard of honour as the Queen's Baton arrives at Dunoon Stadium on July 13, 2014.
Shinty clubs from the Cowal area form a guard of honour as the Queen's Baton arrives at Dunoon Stadium on July 13, 2014.

More than ten thousand people turned out to see the Queen’s Baton relay on its visit to Argyll and Bute this summer.

The biggest crowd on the relay’s day-long tour on July 13 was in Dunoon, where some five thousand people watched the climax of the baton’s journey through the area - and where eleven Bute residents were among those who carried a message from Her Majesty on its way to the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow.

The figures are contained in a report compiled for Argyll and Bute Council’s community services committee, which hails the day as “an outstanding success”.

Cleland Sneddon, the council’s executive director of community services, says in his report: “The Argyll and Bute leg of the relay was the longest route within the forty day tour within Scotland.

“Given the complexity of the route for the convoy, the geographical area covered (174 miles) and the ambitious programme delivered in seven communities, the event was an outstanding success drawing significant participation from local communities.

“There is now a unique opportunity to continue to build on our commitment to increasing high quality physical education, physical activity and sport for our young people as part of the Council’s Commonwealth Games Legacy Plan.”