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Crowds turn out to cheer on Queen’s baton

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Thousands of supporters turned out to line the streets of Forfar and Kirriemuir to cheer on the Queen’s baton as it made its way through Angus today.

The drive leading to Glamis Castle also attracted hundreds of spectators keen to cheer on the baton bearers.

The Square in the Little Red Town was packed full, as was the road leading up to Kirrie Hill where the baton made its final visit before heading to Brechin.

The baton bearers spoke of their pride in being nominated and selected to carry the baton, which they said was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

The first baton bearer was Robin Baillie who was cheered on by his family members as he carried the baton up Bellies Brae ready for the hand over to Shannon Sinclair who ran with the baton into Reform Stret.

It was then handed over to Marjorie Kerr before being passed on to Jim Houghton of Kirriemuir who coaches the Special Olympics’ table tennis team.

The other baton bearers who completed the route up to Kirrie Hill were Martin Cassidy, Craig Robinson, Rebecca Ross, Phil Aiken, Liz Martin, Liam Davies, Stephen Dick and finally local athlete Louise Helyer.

Full coverage on the visit will be in this week’s Forfar Dispatch and Kirriemuir Herald.

 

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