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United Kingdom : Argyll and Bute's baton-bearers bring Commonwealth excitement.

SEVERAL talented people from across Argyll and Bute have been chosen to take part in the Glasgow 2014 Queen s Baton Relay ahead of this summer s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Argyll and Bute residents were among the thousands of Scottish people who learned on Monday 31 March that they had been selected as baton-bearers.

Each baton-bearer was chosen by an independent panel which considered a number of factors including achievements against the odds, mentoring of young people, contributions to community and youth sport and making a difference in local communities.

There are school students, sports coaches, volunteers and others from many different walks of life - but who all now share in the honour of taking part in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games.

They will be among the 4,000 baton-bearers from each of Scotland s 32 local authority areas who will join the relay in more than 400 communities for 40 days, to share the excitement of the Commonwealth Games countdown with as many people across the country as possible.

Argyll and Bute Council s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, was delighted to hear that local people will have their chance to shine in the Glasgow 2014 Queen s Baton Relay.

He said: Excitement about the Commonwealth Games is really starting to build up now and I can only imagine how thrilled Argyll and Bute s baton-bearers feel. It is a huge honour and a fitting acknowledgement of the contribution that each one of these remarkable people has made to their communities. They have achieved amazing things and are truly inspirational. I am sure that their part in the Commonwealth Games will become a treasured memory for many years to come. Congratulations to you all.

The Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay will be in Argyll and Bute on Sunday 13th July. A much-loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games, it will see people from communities across Scotland joining together to carry the iconic Commonwealth baton, holding a special message from Her Majesty the Queen.

The baton will pass through the hands of around 100 baton-bearers each day of the relay before reaching Glasgow in time for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, where Her Majesty the Queen will read her message aloud.

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