The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Edinburgh on Saturday 14th June 2014
- Edinburgh will be the first port of call in Scotland for the relay on Saturday 14 June 2014
- Programme of celebrations will include chance to see the baton across Edinburgh communities, concerts in Princes Street Gardens and at the Usher Hall, a family school run event and chance to try Commonwealth Games sports at Meadowbank
- The City of Edinburgh Council launches Glasgow 2014 in Edinburgh an information hub on how to join in Edinburgh Commonwealth Games celebrations, including a map of the route
The 36 mile route of the Edinburgh leg of the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay has been revealed by the City of Edinburgh Council and Games organisers.
The relay in Edinburgh, which will mark the start of the baton’s 40 day tour of Scotland ahead of the Commonwealth Games, will offer residents and visitors the opportunity to cheer on the baton and join in community celebrations on Saturday 14 June 2014.
The Queen’s Baton will be carried through Edinburgh by over 100 batonbearers who have been nominated in recognition of their contributions to sport, community and youth projects, including representatives from the city’s secondary schools.
To signal the start of the relay celebrations in Edinburgh, a Gala Classical Concert will be held at the Usher Hall on the evening of Friday 13 June. Entitled Edinburgh Raises The Baton, the concert features the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, and the acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough.
Baton route and events
On Saturday 14 June, the day of the relay in Edinburgh, crowds will get the first glimpse of the Queen’s Baton as it is arrives at Heriot-Watt University, chosen as the site for Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport. To celebrate, the Centre will be hosting sports activities for all the family including Gaelic football, dancing and tennis, events for children including a bouncy castle and face painting, as well as community and farmers markets. Further details are available on the Heriot-Watt website.
The relay will move to Murrayfield Stadium where it will board a tram (approx 1045hrs) to make its way to the city centre, taking in Edinburgh Castle, where a 21 gun salute at 12:00 noon will mark the Queen’s official birthday celebrations.
The baton will then travel down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace (1315 hrs) where it will signal the start of the City of Edinburgh Council’s School Run Event, which is supported by Games for Scotland and supermarket chain Scotmid.
The School Run is a unique event encouraging school age children of all abilities to play their part in relay day over a 2.2km route through Holyrood Park and run, jog or walk side by side with sporting stars to raise money for community and school sports facilities. Young people can sign up to the run through their schools.
Both the School Run and the Queen’s Baton Relay will then pass through Holyrood Park to Meadowbank Sports Centre and Stadium, (approx 1345hrs) the home of Edinburgh’s previous Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. At Meadowbank, the Council’s free ‘Tryathon’ event will take place with the opportunity for budding sports stars to try their hand at Commonwealth Games sports and cheer the arrival of the Queen’s Baton.
The relay will then take in more of Edinburgh’s communities including Leith Festival (1555hrs), the Portobello Promenade (1630hrs) and Duddingston, before the baton is received at the Royal Commonwealth Pool (1745 hrs) where a spectacular diving demonstration will be held. The event is free to enter and Sir Peter Heatly, James Heatly and Grace Reid will be there.
The baton will travel up Middle Meadow Walk and arrive at the Ross Bandstand around 1845 hrs.
You can look at this Google map of the baton route.
Free concert in Princes Street Gardens
To celebrate the end of the relay, a community concert will be held on Saturday evening at the Ross Band Stand in Princes Street Gardens so that even bigger crowds can take part in the festivities. Tickets are free, but must be be reserved through the Usher Hall website and box office.
Featuring a mix of music and dance entertainment, and special guest appearances from sporting stars in association with Glasgow 2014 and Team Scotland, the concert will offer families the perfect opportunity to cheer on the baton at the climax of its relay route around the capital.
The concert will feature award-winning contemporary folk bank Rura and will be presented by cult comedian, writer and ‘Still Game’ actor Sanjeev Kohli. Other acts include alternative Scottish hip-hop group Stanley Odd, harpist and star of BBC’s ‘The Voice’ Anna McLuckie, and the Love Music Community Choir.
Make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible for the free concert!
Follow the current baton route.
You can support your batonbearers by making up your own headbands, megaphones, banners and more from The Supporter’s Kit, which is available online to download.