Published: 21/05/2014 12:23 - Updated: 21/05/2014 12:34

Lossiemouth flight for Games baton

GlasgowA FLIGHT in an RAF helicopter and sailing on a lifeboat will form part of the Commonwealth Games baton’s journey.

Details have been released today of the route the Queen’s Baton Relay will take on the Moray leg of its journey.

It will be carried by scores of batonbearers as it passes though towns and villages.

Between communities it will be transported by vehicle.

The relay will arrive in Keith at around 2.15pm on Wednesday, July 2 where it will head through the town before continuing along the A96 to Elgin, to arrive at approximately 3pm.

That evening the baton will feature in an event at RAF Lossiemouth for military personnel.

At 8.10am the following day it will be taken aboard a Sea King helicopter and flown to Buckie where it will transfer to the RNLI lifeboat and taken to the town’s harbour and carried ashore at 9am.

Thereafter it will make its way through Buckie to the A98 and on to Cullen, arriving shortly after 10am.

The baton then travels back along the A98 to Fochabers, arriving just before 11am, then heads on through Mosstodloch and Lhanbryde before turning off the A96 to Lossiemouth.

It is expected to arrive in the coastal town at 12.52pm, where there will be a one-hour lunch stop-over to coincide with sports activities taking place on the high school playing fields.

The baton will then proceed along the B9040 to Hopeman and Cummingston at around 3pm, then to Kinloss 45 minutes later before heading for Forres to arrive just after 5pm.

It will travel along Victoria Road, High Street and Nairn Road before turning onto the A96, heading east through Alves to Elgin, where it will arrive shortly after 6pm, reaching Cooper Park at 6.40pm for a celebration event.

On Friday, July 4 the baton will set off for Rothes, arriving at around 7.30am, and from there to Aberlour at approximately 7.45am.

It will then depart Moray south along the A95.

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games opens on July 23.

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