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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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Tens of thousands watch as baton relay wows Renfrewshire

Tens of thousands of residents from across Renfrewshire got into the Commonwealth spirit when the Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in the area for a sensational day of sport, scorching sunshine and spectacle.

Huge crowds turned out in towns and villages and enjoyed fantastic weather and a tremendous atmosphere as every one of Renfrewshire’s 15 towns and villages got the chance to join the fun.

The baton – the symbol of the Glasgow 2014 Games – was passing through Renfrewshire on Day 34 of a 40-day tour of Scotland before the main event starts next week.

Along the way, Renfrewshire Council had laid on a series of events for locals in each of the main towns, lending a festival feel to the occasion.

The day started in Howwood at 8am, before a crowd of more than 1,000 saw actress and singer Clare Grogan carry the baton into Johnstone’s Houstoun Square later that morning.

Provost Anne Hall with Clare Grogan

In the afternoon, the baton covoy was mobbed as it greeted the crowd at Erskine’s Park Mains High, before around 5,000 people packed into the streets around Renfrew Town Hall as the baton was given a rock-star welcome.

Paisley was the last leg of the journey, with stops in Gallowhill and Ralston before the baton was carried into a packed Abbey Close ahead of a spectacular finale performance by the Commonwealth Youth Circus.

The baton was carried by around 150 batonbearers, most of them residents specially selected in honour of their community work, with wellwishers from around the area lining the route to cheer them on.

Other high-profile batonbearers included broadcaster Shereen Nanjiani, who carried the baton into Erskine Hospital at lunchtime, while Olympic swimmer and Scottish Commonwealth gold medallist Gregor Tait was the athlete given the honour of the final leg into Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was out and about at many of the events during the day.

She said: “This was a very special day for Renfrewshire. People really took the event to their hearts and played their part in what was a very exciting spectacle.

“The baton has made an epic journey around the globe, meaning today was a chance to write our own chapter in that long-running story – and Renfrewshire didn’t disappoint.

“The route allowed us to show the world everything that makes the area great – from rolling countryside to historic town centres to modern schools and leisure facilities.

“But above all we have a great sense of community – never better displayed than by our batonbearers, and by the people who lined the streets to cheer them on.

“I would like to thank everybody who came out and made this such a fantastic day.

“It was an absolute pleasure to be there, and to see people young and old enjoying the occasion on a day that will live long in the memory.”

Many of the events on the day took place in partnership with the Games for Scotland programme, managed by EventScotland, which forms a key part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland.

The Games for Scotland programme of events are an opportunity for people to celebrate the arrival of the QBR to their local community while continuing to build on the Games legacy, whether that be through taking part in a cultural event, working together to celebrate the Games, or being inspired to become more active.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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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)

** see event listing below

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 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.


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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