Today the Commonwealth Games Baton was taken round Moray and looking at the follow the baton page on the website it certainly saw a lot of Moray, towns and villages alike. Surely they could have popped over to Nairn for a quick 5 minute jog around the running track on the games site on the Links perhaps? No chance Cinderella Nairn misses out on the Baton. Were they worried about getting stuck in the traffic?
The Glasgow Commonwealth Games website states:
"From 14 June to 23 July the Queen’s Baton Relay will travel the length and breadth of Scotland, inviting everyone to be a part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to the Games. There are countless sports and cultural events taking place daily along the route, including an evening celebration, so that even bigger crowds can enjoy and take part in the festivities.
With up to 4,000 batonbearers joining the relay in more than 400 communities, this is Scotland’s biggest ever relay. The Queen’s Baton is visiting all 32 Local Authorities, with up to 100 batonbearers carrying Her Majesty’s message daily."
This observer wonders who drew up the itinerary for the baton's journey and why the second largest built-up area in the Highlands (Nairn) didn't get a chance to take part. After all we are not short of sporting activities in Nairn are we? And there could have been a chance for a one-day boost to visitor figures.
A Highland Council press release talks up events next week and a whole lot of things are planned: "Next Friday (11 July) the Highlands will be hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay for a whole day as it makes its way from John O’ Groats to be centre stage at Jubilee Park in Dingwall as the finale of a special Highland celebration event.
Communities are being encouraged to line the streets and cheer on the baton relay when it travels through the Highlands on Friday and Saturday." More on what will be happening in other parts of the Highlands here. Lots going on then from John O' Groats to Fort William but Cinderella Nairn will miss out again.
This observer noticed a feature on the Glasgow2014 that states "Find out when the baton is in a city near you." Nairn was typed in and the result is shown in the image below.
Why did we have to miss out when over 400 other communities got a chance to participate? Why didn't Nairn rate in this?