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Renfrewshire’s Provost honours Commonwealth Games heroes

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over 40 local baton bearers and athletes from the Commonwealth Games were praised by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall at a special ceremony.

Paisley born athletes, Cara Kennedy, Christopher Nelson and Iain Scholefield, joined the dozens of baton bearers in the special celebration event at Linwood’s Tweedie Hall.

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The Renfrewshire leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay was hugely popular with tens of thousands turning out on the day.

Around 150 specially-selected baton-bearers, many of them grassroots sporting and community champions, carried the baton through Renfrewshire’s 15 towns and villages on Thursday 17 July.

At the ceremony, Provost Hall thanked the guests for their part in the Commonwealth Games. She said: “The Glasgow Commonwealth Games was a fantastic event for Renfrewshire and I wanted to say thank you to everyone involved.

“The build up to the event was electric, involving many local heroes in our communities both on the Renfrewshire leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay as well as at the games themselves.

“The baton bearers were an integral part of the celebrations on the run up to the games and I wanted to give them the recognition they deserve.

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“I am honoured to be joined by our local young athletes, who are an inspiration to both the local community and to Scotland. Their dedication to their sport is truly remarkable.

“The legacy of the Commonwealth Games will be to continue to develop participation in sport, being active and getting involved with the local community.”

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Commonwealth hero gets on his bike for Paisley cycle event

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Commonwealth hero gets on his bike for Paisley cycle event

An Olympic and Commonwealth medal-winning cyclist will be the star attraction when the world’s only pop-up track cycle event visits Paisley town centre next month.

Amateur riders will be able to pick up tips from Ross Edgar – one of British cycling’s biggest names – when the StreetVelodrome series lands in County Square on Saturday 26 July.

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Ross was part of Team GB for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, winning a silver medal in the Keirin event in Beijing.

He also competed for Scotland in two Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the team sprint in 2006 in Melbourne, alongside Sir Chris Hoy.

He will be one of several professional riders taking to the track when StreetVelodrome arrives in Paisley for only Scottish date in the all-action televised event’s 2014 UK tour.

Amateur riders sign up to receive coaching from the pros and then race against the clock – with the fastest riders competing for a place on the podium at the end of the day.

Also on the bill will be Keelan Phillips – an international champion in freestyle BMX riding – who will perform stunts for the crowds in between races, and offer some lessons in basic stunts to local kids.

The event will be televised around the UK and abroad, with a dedicated programme to be broadcast on Channel 4, Sky Sports and Eurosport, putting Paisley in the spotlight.

To take part, riders have to pre-register with StreetVelodrome, but can do so through their website at

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Ross said: “I’m really looking forward to racing in Round 5 of the SportPursuit StreetVelodrome Series in front of a home crowd in Paisley.

“Representing Scotland in past Commonwealth games was a great honour, but racing alongside fellow pro riders plus local amateurs in the head-to-head racing of StreetVelodrome is a real adrenaline rush and a fun experience.

“I hope we manage to find a local amateur who can get one over the pro riders and qualify to join us for the series finale in London.”

The event is being hosted by Renfrewshire Council as part of the area’s town centre events programme, and councillors have welcomed the latest development.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of the council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “Interest in sport in Scotland is set to reach a peak this summer when the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games kicks off.

“So it’s great to think that people can see – or even race alongside – a Commonwealth gold medallist right here in Paisley on the opening weekend of the Games.

“The council’s town centre events programme is getting bigger and better every year – and this year’s will have a strong sporting theme, with the Queen’s Baton Relay passing through the area on Thursday 17 July, just nine days before StreetVelodrome.

“We have this year unveiled big plans to use the area’s culture and heritage to drive regeneration and tourism, and hosting more top-class events like this will be a big part of that.”

For full details about the event and to register online, please visit the StreetVelodrome website. Entry costs £22 for senior riders (aged 24-plus), or £12 for juniors (aged 14 to 24).

There will also be a 90-minute open session at the end of the day where the general public can receive coaching and track time for free.

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Glasgow gives a ‘WEE’ taste of Doors Open Day to Games visitors


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Mini Doors Open Day is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme: Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and partners have confirmed that they will be organising a Wee Doors Open Day to take place on Wednesday 23rd July, to give visitors to Glasgow a taste of Glasgow’s Unique Architecture. This event was announced on Tuesday as being an official Festival 2014 event and today the full programme has been launched online including the launch of a FREE audio tour.



The Event: Glasgow’s Wee Doors Open Day is offering the opportunity to explore Glasgow’s most unique architectural landmarks and heritage buildings normally closed to the public. On Wednesday 23rd July, 18 landmark buildings across the city will open their doors and showcase their hidden heritage. From Glasgow’s Oldest Music Hall to Glasgow’s Shipbuilding industry, you will be able to discover what makes the city so distinctive and our connections to the Commonwealth. The event is completely free for anyone to attend so there’s no excuse not to experience a bit of history and see Glasgow through the keyhole.


Audio Tour: Today is also the launch of the new Glasgow Landmarks Audio Tour. This is a virtual tour created by Walking Heads, to help to continue the journey of architectural discovery as visitors (and locals) walk around the city. You can download the FREE audio tour, Glasgow’s Landmarks from to find eight historic and very different buildings.


Full Programme: The full programme of events has now been launched and is available at: This includes;

  • Eighteen landmark buildings in Glasgow
  • Two FREE talks – The Story of Glasgow in Four Chapters & Glasgow’s Street Names and the Commonwealth
  • A FREE Audio Tour – Glasgow Landmarks – focusing on 8 landmark buildings in Glasgow
  • Scottish Canals and the Scottish Waterways Trust Forth & Clyde Canal Heritage Trail providing a link between city centre, Mackintosh Church and Maryhill Burgh Halls.
  • Two FREE vintage buses from Glasgow City Centre to Glasgow Gurdwara, Mackintosh Church and Maryhill Burgh Halls
  • And a FREE Ferry over the River Clyde linking Tallship with Govan Old Church and Fairfield Shipyard Offices.
  • Commonwealth Building pairing exhibition – exploring the similarities and links between Glasgow’s buildings and those within the Commonwealth.


Festival 2014: The event will form part of the official Festival 2014 programme of events


Funded by the National Lottery through the Celebrate Programme: Glasgow’s Wee Doors Open Day has received funding from the National Lottery Funded Celebrate Programme . In addition to the Celebrate fund partners enabling the event to take place are; Glasgow City Heritage Trust, Historic Glasgow – Glasgow City Council and The Scottish Civic Trust.


Ruth Morris, Events & Development Coordinator at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, said:

“We are delighted that we have been able to secure the funding from the National Lottery Funded Celebrate programme and the additional support from Glasgow City Heritage Trust and Historic Glasgow – Glasgow City Council, to enable to event to take place. Being able to offer visitors the opportunity to experience a mini version of our September event will be a great asset to the Games and will complement the diverse cultural programme. We are also delighted that we are an official Festival 2014 event. This is a great honor for all of our participants and volunteers. We are so pleased that we are able to highlight what great architecture we have in Glasgow and will provide an opportunity to see inside some of these places. Our city has so much to offer and we are looking forward to celebrating our heritage and connections to the commonwealth!”


Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Glasgow’s architectural heritage strides the centuries and reflects the city’s medieval origins through to its rise as a world manufacturing leader and a creative and economic powerhouse. Moreover, our nineteenth-century townscape and the critical legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work are assets of world renown.


“The Wee Doors Open day presents a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of 18 of Glasgow’s most historic buildings; bringing to life the architectural characteristics and often hidden heritage of these amazing landmarks while providing an exciting insight into the journey of the people who used them, with industry and innovation playing an important role throughout the ages.”


Paper Leaflet: Copies of the Wee Doors Open Day leaflets (including a map) will be available in the Sunday Herald on Sunday 22nd June 2014. Otherwise you can get a copy at your local library.


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Queen’s Baton Relay Renfrewshire


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Queen’s Baton Relay Renfrewshire

The symbol of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is on its way to Renfrewshire – and everybody can join in the fun!

The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in the area on Thursday 17 July on day 34 of an epic 40-day trek across Scotland.

It will visit every one of Renfrewshire’s 15 towns and villages in a day-long extravaganza of sport and entertainment


The route
The relay will start just before 8am in Howwood, and ending at 6.45pm in Paisley town centre. Our route map allows you to see the street-level detail – maybe it passes your front door?

The baton will be carried by around 150 specially-selected batonbearers – many of them grassroots sporting and community champions from Renfrewshire.

It will be carried within a specially-controlled convoy of police and other vehicles. Batonbearers will only carry the baton for part of the route (shown as a red line on the map) – for the rest it will travel by car (shown as blue).

The itinerary is as follows….

0759 – Baton relay starts in Bowfield Road, Howwood.

0817 – Arrives in Lochwinnoch

0836 – Arrives in Kilbarchan

0913 – Arrives in Johnstone

0929 – Stops in Houstoun Square Johnstone **

0958 – Arrives in Elderslie

1015 – Arrives in Linwood

1056 – Arrives in Brookfield

1109 – Arrives in Bridge of Weir

1126 – Arrives in Houston

1150 – Arrives in Langbank

1201 – Arrives in Bishopton

1236 – Arrives in Erskine

1357 – Stops at Park Mains High School, Erskine **

1415 – Arrives in Inchinnan

1427 – Arrives in Renfrew

1444 – Stops at Renfrew Town Hall **

1608 – Arrives in Paisley

1621 – Brief stop at Gallowhill Community Centre, Netherhill Rd, Paisley.

1708 – Stops at Ralston Sports Centre, Paisley

1810 – Baton begins journey down Paisley High Street

1818 – Baton reaches Paisley Abbey for finale performance **

1845 – Baton reaches Lagoon Leisure Centre (end of route)

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Be aware that the baton is held to strict timings and will only be in each area for a set amount of time. Photographs will only be allowed where time allows.

Event listing
Along the way there will be various stops where the public will have their chance to get up close to the baton. Highlights are as follows….

All day – the chance to come and try all 17 Games sports at On-X sports centre in Linwood

0830 to 1200 – Free entertainment in Houstoun Square, Johnstone including circus-style street entertainers and a performance by the Pokey Hat Theatre Company. Baton stops at 0929 for 15 minutes.

1200 – 1700 – Renfrew Town Hall will host free entertainment, featuring circus-style entertainers. Face painters, kite/mask-making workshop. Renfrewshire Leisure staff will also be offering visitors the chance to try netball and carpet bowls at 1.30 and 3pm. Baton stops at 1444 for 15 minutes.

1200 to 1800 – County Square in Paisley will host street theatre by Pokey Hat, while members of the Commonwealth Youth Circus will be running workshops and going walkabout in the town centre during the day.

1357-1412 – Chance for the public to touch the baton as it passes round the running track at Park Mains High, Erskine

1818 – Finale performance by Commonwealth Youth Circus when baton reaches Abbey Close, Paisley.

Is your group running an event as part of the Relay? Let us know by emailing and we’ll add it to this page.

Many of the events on the day are taking place in partnership with the Games for Scotland programme, managed by EventScotland, which forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland.

Traffic and parking
Some temporary road closures and parking restrictions will be required on the day itself, so residents should be prepared for a degree of disruption while the baton is in their area.

All road closures and parking restrictions will be listed here….

Be a fan on the day
Fancy seeing the baton and want to show your support for Team Scotland?

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Renfrewshire celebrates Commonwealth Day

Provost raises Commonwealth Flag outside Renfrewshire House

Renfrewshire celebrates Commonwealth Day.

Renfrewshire has raised the flag in a special ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day.

Along with over 500 local authorities and charities across the country, Renfrewshire took part in the inaugural flag-raising event.

The inaugural event was one of the largest, single raising of the Commonwealth flag in history.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall raised the flag at the flagpoles outside Renfrewshire Council headquarters in Cotton Street, Paisley.

Provost raises Commonwealth Flag outside Renfrewshire House

A specially written Commonwealth affirmation and message from the Queen was read out at the ceremony.

Provost Hall said, “Renfrewshire is proud to take part in this nationwide event along with other Scottish councils, charities and community groups.

“As we come together to mark Commonwealth Day, we recognise the continuing relevance of the Commonwealth in today’s world.

“This is of course a special year for Scotland’s links with the Commonwealth as Glasgow prepares to host the Commonwealth Games.

“Renfrewshire has developed a wide-ranging programme linked to the Commonwealth Games, which will provide a sporting legacy through increased participation and support for sports competitors and coaches.”

The Commonwealth flag has been taken down and will be raised again for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on 23 July.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Renfrewshire searches for community champs to star in Queen’s Baton Relay


Renfrewshire searches for community champs to star in Queen’s Baton Relay.

Renfrewshire’s Provost wants residents to nominate their local heroes to have a starring role in the final leg of a global journey – as the area gets set to host the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

The baton will travel across the globe through the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth before a final 40-day lap the length and breadth of Scotland.

On Thursday 17 July it will make a visit to Renfrewshire – the official ‘Gateway to the Games’ – with a day of special events and sporting taster sessions arranged in each of the area’s towns and villages.


Renfrewshire Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland need up to 100 people to be given the honour of carrying this unique symbol of the Commonwealth Games through Renfrewshire towards the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said; “The Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland is a hugely exciting prospect and we look forward to seeing the Queen’s Baton travel through Renfrewshire.

“The organisers are looking for those who have made a contribution to their community to have the honour of carrying the baton and I know there are many deserving examples in the area.

“I would encourage everyone who thinks they know of a suitable candidate to put their name forward to be a batonbearer.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to try each of the 17 Commonwealth sports and five para sports at venues and sports centres throughout the area. Venues and clubs already signed up include the Linwood ON-X Sports Centre, Victory Baths in Renfrew, Paisley Rugby Club and the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club.

An evening of cultural entertainment, from each of the countries involved in the 2014 Games, is planned for Paisley Town Centre, featuring live music, food, drink and more.

Until 22 November anyone can nominate their own local champions to be batonbearers.

To be a batonbearer, people are required to:

  • Be 12 years or older at the date of nomination
  • Have made a positive contribution to the lives of others through community sport
  • Undertaken voluntary work or contributed to schools or youth organisations
  • Contributed towards greater inclusion for disadvantaged or marginalised sectors of the community
  • Been a role model or mentor to youth through sport
  • Displayed a level of individual achievement against the odds
  • Made a significant contribution to their local community

Nominations can be made online from today on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games website on

A judging panel including representatives from a wide cross section of Scottish community organisations will assist to select the successful nominations for each local authority area.

Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman Michael Cavanagh said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games and its arrival in Scotland gives an important signal to both the athletes and the public that the Games are just around the corner.

“It’s important as many people as possible feel part of this special moment and from today there’s a chance for everyone to nominate the people in their street, village, town or city that they would like to see honoured as batonbearers.

“This is a real chance to recognise the efforts everyday champions that make a real difference to their and we look forward to seeing them centre stage in their communities when Glasgow and Scotland’s Queen’s Baton Relay makes its memorable final journey to the Games.”

Over 248 days and 190,000km the baton visit all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth and it will be the first baton ever to visit Rwanda. The international journey of the baton will be captured by global adventurer Mark Beaumont who will report for the BBC.

The baton will be relayed on its journey by Emirates, the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay and an official Partner of Glasgow 2014.

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Paisley agency’s new Thistle brand takes off at Glasgow Airport

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Paisley agency’s new Thistle brand takes off at Glasgow Airport

Paisley creative design and marketing agency Designline Creative has created a new distinctly Scottish brand identity for Glasgow Airport as part of a multi-million pound upgrade for the city’s airport.

After a three stage competitive pitch process, involving branding agencies from across the UK, Renfrewshire’s Designline was chosen to develop the new brand identity.

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The brief for the new brand identity was to create a ‘sense of place,’ positioning Glasgow Airport an international gateway to Scotland, as well as communicating the airport’s key values – friendly, efficient and passionate about its customers and Scotland.

The decision to launch a new brand comes as the airport continues a £17 million upgrade in preparation for the Commonwealth Games being hosted in the city next summer.

The new brand will be seen by around seven million UK and overseas passengers a year.

The new logo features a stylised thistle design, incorporating the letter G, and uses the colours of the Saltire to create a strong Scottish accent.

The supporting strapline ‘Proud to serve Scotland’ articulates the airport’s commitment to customer service and its role as an international gateway, and a champion for Scotland’s economic development.

The brand identity was launched to the press, stakeholders, and passengers on Wednesday 10 July after months of brand value workshops, an inspired creative process and implementation of the new brand on key collateral including digital, print, ambient media and promotional material.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “We are thrilled with the new logo and even more pleased we were able to work with a local agency. The initial brief was to create a strong, identifiable personality, which positioned the airport within the region, reflected our commitment to customer service and provided people with a sense of arrival to Glasgow and to Scotland.

“Designline’s concept captured all of the above and we’re looking forward to rolling the new logo out across the airport in the coming months. For many, Glasgow Airport is their first and last impression of Scotland and Designline has created a logo we will be proud to show off to the millions of passengers who travel through our doors every year.”

Ashley Moore, Account Director at Designline said: “We have worked very closely with the team at Glasgow Airport to explore the vision, values and key messages of the airport and then translate all our findings into a strong and memorable identity and brand design style. The process has been very exciting and we’re proud to serve Glasgow Airport as their dedicated creative agency.”

Kim Maxwell, Creative Director added: “We have been working with Glasgow Airport for over six years, creating a wide range of corporate and marketing materials and tactical campaigns. We’re absolutely delighted to have been chosen to create their new brand identity.

“Glasgow Airport is a much loved institution. The people of Glasgow feel that it belongs to them, as their airport. We’ve worked hard to create a brand that delivers a sense of place and articulates why Glasgow Airport is so important to the city and region it serves.

“The client gave us a strong brief but also the creative freedom to devise a new brand which positions them strongly, not only within Scotland, but within the overall travel and tourism market.”

The striking new brand has also been positively received by marketing and business leaders in the city.

Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said “the new branding perfectly captures the dedication shown by everyone who works there whilst reflecting the airport’s deserved reputation as Scotland’s leading business and leisure gateway to the world.”

Stuart Patrick, leader of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Councilor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, have also welcomed the rebrand.

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Gateway to the Games stokes Commonwealth Games fever in Renfrewshire


Gateway to the Games stokes Commonwealth Games fever in Renfrewshire

Hundreds of Renfrewshire children are being given the chance to take part in a week long programme of free activities designed to raise awareness about the countries taking part in the Commonwealth Games and the events in which they’ll be competing.

The Renfrewshire Gateway to the Games Sports programme runs from 15-19 October 2012 and has been organised by Renfrewshire Council. Games for Scotland 2012 and EventScotland have made the sports week possible thanks to £8,000 in funding.

Active-RenfCouncillor James Harte, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said, “This week long series of sporting events will raise awareness about the upcoming Commonwealth Games and help teach local youngsters about the countries and sports involved.

“The aim is also to inspire and motivate local young people and build a pride in Renfrewshire, in Scotland, in our team and in what we can achieve.”

During the week youngsters will be able to try a variety of sports including: hockey, tennis, badminton, cycling, netball, bowls, rowing, martial arts, athletics and volleyball.

The week is targeted at all youngsters from P7 up to 18 years old. Sessions are being staged at Park Mains High School, King George V playing field Renfrew, Lochbar in Lochwinnoch, Linwood Sports Hub, Castlehead High School, the Power League in Blackhall Street, Erskine Swimming Pool, Ferguslie Sports Hub and Paisley Rugby Club.

Friday 19 October sees the culmination of the week’s activities when competitors will be able to take part in Renfrewshire’s first ever triathlon for young people and meet ‘Clyde Bear’, the Glasgow 2014 mascot. The triathlon takes place in Erskine and includes running, swimming and cycling. The competition starts in Erskine Pool at 1pm and finish on the Waterfont in front of Bridgewater Shopping Centre.

Friday also sees evening a Commonwealth Football League Tournament at Ferguslie Sport Centre from 5.30pm to 9pm. Teams can enter by contacting 0141 889 1110.

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said, “This year’s impressive Games for Scotland programme highlights the passion and enthusiasm communities across Scotland have for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Importantly, the programme will give thousands of people the opportunity to be part of the building excitement as we move closer to 2014.

“The wide and diverse nature of the Games for Scotland programme perfectly illustrates there’s more to the 2014 Games than just sport. The Games coming to Scotland provides an exceptional opportunity to make our nation healthier and celebrate our modern and vibrant culture, delivering a legacy Scots can be proud of both now and in the future.”

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive said, “With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games just finished, the attention and focus will now turn to Glasgow and Scotland as proud host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the excitement is already building across the country. We’re delighted that Renfrewshire Council is holding this sports week as part of the Games for Scotland programme. The programme will provide a fantastic opportunity for people across the country to participate in a number of fascinating events that will celebrate Scotland’s culture, heritage and role as host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

More information on how to sign up for the sessions is available at or by phoning 0141 889 1110.

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Renfrewshire Welcomes Queen’s Baton Relay


Queens Baton Relay Provost Lawson Claire Gibson and Callum Hawkins [800x600]

More than 100 young people from Renfrewshire got the chance to carry the Queen’s Baton for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi when it visited Paisley on St Andrew’s Day.

The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi was welcomed to Renfrewshire as part of its tour of the UK ahead of the Games in March.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson officially welcomed the Queen’s Baton and its delegates, before handing it over to local 800m runner and Commonwealth Games hopeful Claire Gibson to officially start a special relay race around the historic Paisley Abbey.

Claire was followed by fellow local athlete Callum Hawkins who also carried the baton on a lap of the town centre, as well as 45 secondary school students who are training as sports coaches with the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 is a very prestigious event and it was an honour to welcome it to Renfrewshire. It was particularly special for the young people who got the opportunity the carry the baton and I am delighted we were able to get so many youngsters involved.

“We have a proud sporting past and a very strong future in athletes like Claire, Callum and William. Our Renfrewshire School of Sport Education is also contributing to our goal of creating an Active Renfrewshire by helping young people to share their enthusiasm for sport through coaching. For these reasons Renfrewshire was a perfect choice for the Queen’s Baton Relay to visit and we were all delighted to be given the opportunity to show off our town and our sporting talent.”

Local dance group Right 2 Dance added to the proceedings with a modern Scottish dance performance in front of Paisley Town Hall before the relay.

The Queen’s Baton Relay then continued to the Lagoon Leisure Centre where 60 local primary pupils also got the chance to carry the baton in an indoor mini-relay event.

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