Preparing to welcome the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton to Fife

Elliot Hartley
Elliot Hartley

The Queen’s Commonwealth Baton arrives in Fife on Thursday, June 26.

We have all of the information you need on where it will be visiting on its journey through the Kingdom, who will be carrying it through Leven and the East Neuk, and some words from one of the lucky Baton Bearers.

“I really can’t believe I’ve been nominated”

A Pittenweem teenager will be taking part in Queen’s Baton Relay when it reaches the East Neuk.

Eliott Hartley (16) will carry the baton as it continues its journey around the Commonwealth countries ahead of the Games in Glasgow in July.

He was nominated for his volunteer work at Frappy, a Friday night youth-cum-sports project.

He said: “I really can’t believe that I’ve been nominated and that I get to take part in something like this.”

Over 100 young people attend the youth club but if it wasn’t for volunteers like Elliott helping out, it wouldn’t be nearly as busy or successful as it is and it is for this work that Eliott will take part in the relay.

“I used to attend the club when I was younger,” continued Eliott.

“But once you reach third or fourth year at school you are too old. I was asked to come back as a volunteer and I was happy to accept. The people that I work with at Frappy wanted to thank me and show their appreciation for the work that I’ve done there so they nominated me.”

The official route

Big crowds are expected in Leven, Pittenweem and Anstruther for the visit of the Queen’s Baton Relay on Thursday.

The baton is due to arrive in Leven at 4.30 p.m. and will be carried along Promenade, School Lane, Durie Street and Scoonie Road.

Pittenweem is the next stop 4.50 p.m. where the relay will follow a route along Viewforth Place, South Loan, High Street, Kirkgate, Marygate and Milton Place.

Then it’s off to Anstruther and Cellardyke for 5.10 p.m, with a visit to the

Scottish Fisheries Museum scheduled for around 5.30 p.m. The baton will pass along Pittenweem Road, High Street West, Elizabeth Place, Crail Road, Toll Road, Fowler Place, Burnside, East Green, East Shore,

Shore Road and St Andrews Road.

The final stop of the day is in St Andrews, where a carnival-themed parade and an attempt to break the record for the world’s biggest ceilidh will round off the Fife leg of the baton relay.

Traffic restrictions will be in place along the baton relay route and some Council services - such a bin collections - will also be affected.

Check out the website for information on the route, the baton bearers, traffic disruptions and changes to council services.

Who’s carrying the Baton

Baton bearers in Levenmouth and the East Neuk:

Leven – Lynn Stein, Craig Young, Rachel Fowler, Amber Strachan, Steven Paulding. Pittenweem – Vickie Brooks, Eliott Hartley, Shaun Rowcliffe, Jennifer Mann. Anstruther / Cellardyke – Alexander (Zander) Anderson, Atlanta Crawford, Grace McGuinness, Adam Faulds, George Findlay, Abbie Forgan, Heather Meltvedt, Ian Shield, Kirsty Drummond, Sarah Kelly, Wayne Moreland, Thomas Bremner, Lauren Duncan, Ronan McKinstray.