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Queen’s Baton Relay draws the crowds through Aberdeen

30/06/14

Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Aberdeen to see the Queen's Baton Relay travel through the city.

Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam paid tribute to the batonbearers, the relay support team, and citizens who lined the streets to cheer them on their way as they ferried the baton through Aberdeen.

More than 10,000 people turned out to see the baton travel through Aberdeen and joined the end of day celebrations.

The Lord Provost said: "The Queen's Baton Relay through Aberdeen has really brought the city together. It's seen communities gathering together to show their appreciation for some very important people, the batonbearers, who were nominated for the role in recognition of their work in the community.

"Everyone who took part in the relay and in the end of day celebrations at Union Terrace Gardens did themselves and the city proud. There's a huge amount of talent in Aberdeen and events like this are a wonderful way to show it off and celebrate our city."

City footballing hero Willie Miller kicked off the celebrations at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, marking the start of a marathon route across Aberdeen communities.

The relay saw the baton tour schools, sports centres, a waterborne stretch on canoes along a stretch of the River Dee, and even plunge into Aberdeen Harbour in the Petrofac freefall lifeboat, before continuing across the city and briefly stopping in past Aberdeen City Council headquarters at Marischal College, where a Commonwealth ceilidh was taking place in the Quad.

Olympian and Commonwealth champion David Carry completed the final leg of the relay, when he ran into Union Terrace Gardens with the baton, to cheers from the waiting crowd.