Huge crowds welcome Queen’s baton to Fife

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Huge crowds welcomed the Queen’s baton to the Kingdom on Thursday as it travelled through central Fife up the coast to St Andrews.

There were cheers and and even a Mexican wave or two as the convoy of police and support vans brought the relay of baton carriers to each town.

The procession started on motorbike at Knockhill, and by the time it reached Kinghorn, the baton transferred to boat for the RNLI to dash across the water and into Kirkcaldy where the town centre was packed with spectators, including pupils from several primary schools as well as Kirkcaldy and Balwearie High Schools.

The next stop was Glenrothes where it called at Fife House and the Michael Woods Sports Centre before heading to Falkland for a photo-call in the shadow of the palace, and then on to north-east Fife.

The turn out in every town was excellent.

The Fife Free Press team followed the baton across Fife with our team of reporters in every town and even on the boat which followed the RNLI along the Forth!

We have a number of video reports on the baton, starting with its arrival in Kirkcaldy - look out for more online only at

>> Next week we have a souvenir 12-page supplement featuring pictures from the Queen’s Baton journey across Fife. It appears in the East Fife Mail, Glenrothes Gazette, Fife Free Press, Fife Herald and St Andrews Citizen.




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