Baton relay to hit Kirkcaldy with little help from lifeboat crew

The Queen's Baton will be coming to Kirkcaldy on June 26
The Queen's Baton will be coming to Kirkcaldy on June 26

The Queen’s Commonwealth Games Baton will arrive in Kirkcaldy on a lifeboat from Kinghorn as the relay makes its way around Fife on Thursday, June 26.

The baton relay, leading up to the Glasgow 2014 Games, will pass through several towns and villages in the Kingdom, including Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy.

One of the highlights will be when Kinghorn RNLI volunteers transport the baton on board their Atlantic 85 lifeboat to Kirkcaldy Harbour.

Liz Davidson, Kinghorn RNLI’s deputy launching authority, said: “It is a great honour to be asked to take part in this very special event, and it seems very fitting for a RNLI lifeboat to carry the Queen’s Baton, as Queen Elizabeth II is patron of the institution.

“Our crew are very excited about the prospect of taking the baton on board the lifeboat. The baton will be taken to the inner harbour at Kirkcaldy, where it will be handed on to the next bearer.

“Kinghorn Beach will provide a stunning backdrop for the event, with plenty of opportunities for people to come along on June 26 to see the baton, as well as the lifeboat.”

Beginning its journey in Fife at Knockhill Racing Circuit, the baton will pass through Dunfermline, Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay before arriving in Aberdour at 10.40 a.m., and making its way along Inverkeithing Road, High Street, Station Place, Main Street and Hawkcraig Road.

It’s on to Burntisland at 11.30 a.m., visiting High Street and Kinghorn Road, and then the relay makes its way to Kinghorn for 11.40 a.m., and along David the First Street, Pettycur Road and Harbour Road, before the baton is taken by lifeboat to Kirkcaldy for 12.10 p.m.

In the Lang Toun, the baton will be carried along Nicol Street, High Street, Whytescauseway, Wemyssfield, Bennochy Road and Victoria Road.

The relay then moves on to Glenrothes, Falkland, Freuchie, Cupar, Leven, Pittenweem, Anstruther, Cellardyke and finally St Andrews, where there will be an evening celebration.

Carrying the baton through Fife will be 119 baton bearers.

Provost Jim Leishman said: “There are lots of events taking place along the route and the baton will be passing some great Fife landmarks.

“Pick your spot and get out on June 26 to support the Games as the baton passes through our communities of Fife.”