Laura takes the baton as relay heads through Argyll

The Queen’s Baton relay might be bypassing the Helensburgh area, but there is still the chance to get involved in the event.

Laura Johnstone
Laura Johnstone

Sports enthusiast and competitor Laura Johnstone, who is from Rhu and now lives in Helensburgh, has been nominated to carry the baton this Sunday (July 13) at Inveraray.

The baton holds a special message to be read as part of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 23.

And today Argyll and Bute Council warned drivers of delays this Sunday, while highlighting events to celebrate its journey.

Laura is proud to be involved in this unique occasion and said: “I’m really looking forward to the day, as it was a huge honour to have been nominated. Like most people I’m very excited about Glasgow 2014 and the legacy it will leave, so I feel exceptionally lucky to be taking part”

The baton relay travels through Inveraray from 2.20pm until 3.40pm with Laura on duty at 2.40pm – and a busy afternoon of fun with lots of family activities takes place at Inveraray Castle with a Mini Highland Games.

The relay will travel along 170 miles of Argyll from Appin at 7am to end of the day celebrations at Dunoon that day, arriving at around 6.30pm.

Motorists have been advised to plan ahead to avoid delays – as well as a convoy of vehicles supporting it, the relay is expected to attract spectators cheering on local baton-bearers and enjoying events planned along the route.

Celebrations will range from music and dancing, to hula-hooping and sports, including a one-mile run, live music, dancers, come-and-try sports and street performers.

Short term travel and parking arrangements will be in place in Dunoon, Inveraray, Oban and Strachur, with the celebration events supported by Event Scotland as part of the Games for Scotland programme of events.

For more information on the relay in Argyll and Bute, go to the website here.