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Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Moray

The Baton makes its way through Moray
The Baton makes its way through Moray

The Queen’s Baton Relay made its first stop in Moray today.

Hundreds of people lined the streets in Keith to welcome the symbol of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to the region.

The tour is covering more than 400 Scottish communities in advance of the Games, which start on July 23.

Moray Baton Relay route
Moray Baton Relay route

The Queen’s Baton Relay will continue through Moray tomorrow by passing through Buckie, Cullen, Fochabers, Lossiemouth, Kinloss, Forres and Elgin.

Baxter’s employees Sheila Sharp, Julie Munro and Fran Farquhar surprised colleague Jane McKenzie when they came to watch her carry the baton through Keith.

Mrs McKenzie, 43, was nominated to carry the baton for the hours she spends volunteering with youth sport teams in the town.

The Baton makes its way through Moray
The Baton makes its way through Moray

The mother-of-two said: “It was brilliant carrying the baton and I feel very honoured.

“I help out with a lot of groups such as Keith and District Youth Football League and Keith Amateur Athletics because I would much rather get involved so that there is something for the kids to do.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the rugby and squash at the Glasgow games with my husband Ray and daughter April and son Logan.”

The Baton makes its way through Moray
The Baton makes its way through Moray

Mrs McKenzie handed the baton to 85-year-old Jimmy Green who has been involved with Keith Cricket Club for 64 years.

Mr Green has played for the team, umpired, coached and even cut the grass over the years and also spent 42 years in the Royal Observer Corp.

Mr Green said: “The baton was a lot heavier than I thought it would be.

“I was amazed at the amount of folk that came out to see it and then I turned the corner and saw all the kids gathered around by the War Memorial –

I did not expect to see so many people.

“I was at the Queen’s Garden Party at Holyrood Palace on Tuesday so it has been a busy few days.”

The Baton makes its way through Moray
The Baton makes its way through Moray

Sisters Lynn Grant, 38, and Kim Paterson, 36, who both work in sports development for Moray Council, also carried the baton.

Mrs Grant, who is mother to Lucy, 13, and Anna, 10, said: “I was nominated for my work in the community and with Keith Primary School.

“We are heading down to Glasgow for a week to see the athletics, squash, badminton and table tennis.

“We want to see as much of the games and as many different venues as we can.”

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