A proud day

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It proved a day to remember when Arran residents had the chance to be part of the traditional Queen’s Baton Relay on Sunday, ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games.

The much-anticipated visit took place at Ormidale Park in Brodick where locals and visitors joined together to welcome the Queen’s Baton during a visit to the island.

However, the sheer scale of the entourage which brought the baton to Arran surprised many. I am not sure there would have been many more had it been HM The Queen herself.

A motorcade of five vehicles – including three Queen’s Baton liveried Land Rover Discoveries, two minibuses and two motorcycle outriders brought the baton to Lochranza from Kintyre before sweeping it down to Brodick.

Staff from Team Scotland, North Ayrshire Council and both Scottish and English police officer were out in force to almost outnumber the crowd.

However, the sun shone and those who turned up on the day and plenty to see and do at the fete and sports day and the children enjoyed the appearance of Clyde, the Team Scotland mascot.

Arran was chosen as one of only a handful of places in Scotland to receive the baton, so we should be grateful for the visit.

And it was a proud day for a number of individuals from across North Ayrshire, including Arran, to get recognition for their work in the community on the day including Co-op manager Liz Mclean, the RLNI’s Mark Nelson, sports coach Eildh Kincaid and Hollie Tattersfield from the Arran Youth Foundations.

And last but not least Kenny Morrison, who does so much for the community in Brodick, including the running of the Ormidale Pavilion and park almost single-handed.

Congratulations go to them all.