Details of the route that the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton relay will take through Tayside have been revealed.
The baton will arrive in Dundee on Friday June 27 after starting the day by travelling from St Andrews to Tayport by speedboat at 7.35am.
It will head for Broughty Ferry castle at 7.55am, before passing the Frigate Unicorn and the RRS Discovery en route towards the city centre at around 8.30am.
The baton will then go to Magdalen Green, travelling along Blackness Road and Perth Road to Ninewells Hospital.
It will then head through Charleston, stopping at the Mills Observatory in Lochee Park, and is then expected to arrive at Camperdown Park at 12.35pm before heading to the Law for 2.25pm.
Crowds will then be able to cheer on the baton bearers as they pass through Dens Road en route to the McTaggart Gymnastic Centre in Kirkton, where it will stop at 3pm. The baton will head through Mill o’ Mains before arriving at Caird Park at 3.50pm.
After leaving Caird Park, the relay will head back towards the city centre at around 4.10pm, passing through areas such as Douglas, Baxter Park and Stobswell.
The baton is expected to make its final stop at Caird Hall in the city centre at 6.20pm, with special celebrations to be held that evening.
Further details and exact times of the relay will be revealed a week before the baton arrives. By the time the Queen’s Baton arrives in Dundee, it will have travelled nearly 120,000 miles and visited 70 nations around the globe.
Scotland and Great Britain hockey stars Vikki Bunce and Niall Stott, who are both from the city, are among the lucky baton bearers taking part in the relay. Fellow-Scottish international Alison Bell will carry the baton on its final leg of its Dundee route before festivities get under way at the Caird Hall. Cecilia McIntosh, wife of the late double amputee Ronnie, will also carry the torch.
The day before it reaches Dundee, the baton will complete a journey through Fife, passing through places such as Glenrothes, Cupar and Anstruther.
Crowds will then welcome the baton in Angus on June 28. The relay will begin the day in Monifieth at 8.20am, before arriving in Carnoustie at 9.10am and Easthaven at 10.40am.
In the afternoon, the baton will pass through Forfar at 1.15pm, Glamis at 2.45pm, Kirriemuir at 3.55pm and Brechin at 5.45pm.
Montrose will be the last stop for the relay, with the baton expected there at 6.25pm.
The baton will finally reach Glasgow for the opening ceremony on July 23 after a 288-day relay.
A Glasgow 2014 spokeswoman said: “The relay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people across Dundee to celebrate what’s extraordinary and unique about their community, and honour those locals who make a difference to others.
“The baton is visiting hundreds of villages, towns and cities across Scotland with thousands taking part in the relay and many more attending the vast programme of sports and cultural events along the route.
“It’s a great reason for Dundee to get out and celebrate the countdown to the biggest festival of sport and culture this nation has ever hosted.”
‘Dundee will really get behind this’
Elizabeth Ferris, 27, from Perth Road, will be carrying the baton in the Blackness area of the city.
The University of Dundee medical student suffered a spinal cord injury three years ago, which resulted in her becoming a full-time wheelchair user.
She founded the Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Rugby League Club to give other disabled people the chance to take part in competitive sport. She said: “I’m really looking forward to carrying the baton. I’ve got a lot of family and friends coming to see it and hopefully, it doesn’t rain!
“I hope people get behind it.
It’s on all day so there will be somewhere nearby for everyone to come out and see it passing. It is such a unique thing, it’s not going to happen again any time soon.”
Broughty Ferry woman Joyce McIntosh, 68, was selected in recognition of her work as a trustee of national charity Get Kids Going, which campaigns to give disabled children and young people the opportunity to participate in sport. She said: “I can’t wait, I’ve been blown away by it all. I think Dundee will really support it and it’s such a great thing for the city to be a part of.”