A Bute nursery’s own version of the Commonwealth Games was officially opened in Rothesay on Tuesday.
Apple Tree Nursery kicked off seven weeks of sporting activities with a parade through the centre of the town, from the nursery in Mackinlay Street to the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre in Victoria Street, involving children, staff, parents and friends.
Many of the children were dressed in suitably athletic gear for the parade, which was led by pipers Jo-Jo Kane and Mark McLachlan and members of the Rothesay detachment of the Army Cadet Force.
Pride of place, though, went to the nursery’s very own Commonwealth Games baton, designed and made by local jewellers Shirley Lloyd and Richard Home and based on the design of the real baton which is currently making its way towards Scotland ahead of the opening ceremony for the ‘big’ Games in July.
Once the parade reached the Discovery Centre, nursery manager Lesley-Anne Lee placed inside it a message of good wishes from the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, to be opened at the Apple Tree Games’ closing ceremony.
* Don’t miss this week’s issue of The Buteman for our fantastic photo coverage of Tuesday’s parade and opening ceremony - it’s on sale from Thursday, April 24!