Published: 04/07/2014 10:17 - Updated: 04/07/2014 11:52

Moray bids Queen's Baton 'farewell'

Donald McIntosh carried the Queen's Baton into Elgin's Cooper Park.
Donald McIntosh carried the Queen's Baton into Elgin's Cooper Park.

THE Commonwealth Baton has left Moray after three days of festivities.

Rothes and Aberlour played host this morning, before the relay left for Aviemore and on to Perth and Kinross.

Hundreds turned out to Elgin’s Cooper Park last night (Thursday) for a ceremony to welcome the baton on the 268th day of its journey through 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

Elgin-born Olympic and Commonwealth rifle shooter and coach Donald McIntosh had the honour of carrying the baton as it made its way into the arena.

There, the convener of Moray Council Stewart Cree told the crowds: "Moray is now an integral part of the Baton Relay story and, as such, has become part of the world’s longest and most inclusive relay yet."

More than 100 people carried the baton through the Moray area, taking in Keith, Buckie, Cullen, Fochabers, Mosstodloch, Lhanbryde, Lossiemouth, Hopeman, Cummingston, Kinloss, Forres, Elgin, Rothes and Aberlour.

See next Friday’s ‘Scot’ for a full picture spread and stories of Moray’s part in the The Queen’s Baton Relay.

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