PEOPLE in Moray are being given the chance to become marshals when the Queen’s baton relay arrives in town in the run-up to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The baton will visit Moray from the afternoon of July 2 until the morning of July 4, and will pass through more than a dozen towns and villages along the route.
Volunteers are now being sought to give up 30 minutes to an hour of their time to act as marshals as the baton passes through their local community, to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that the crowds lining the route stay safe.
They will provide back-up to the police who will also have a presence as the baton makes its way through Moray.
It is estimated that upwards of 90 volunteers will be required to provide adequate cover during the baton’s Moray leg of its journey to Glasgow for the opening ceremony on July 23.
Moray Council sports development officer Kim Paterson – who will be one of the baton bearers – said it would give local people the opportunity to become involved in the build-up to the Games.
"Although the marshals’ duties will not be onerous, they will nonetheless be important in ensuring that spectators keep a safe distance from the baton convoy and don’t put themselves in any danger.
"The baton will keep to a tight schedule and will move through fairly quickly so the marshals will only require to be in position for a fairly short time and they will be supplied with hi-vis tabards so they can be easily identifiable.
"We would like to hear from local clubs and organisations whose members may like to become involved in ensuring the smooth passage of the Queen’s baton relay through their communities."
Anyone who would like to volunteer should contact Kim Paterson on 01343 563657 or by e-mail at email@example.com