Concerns for the safety of Queen's baton.

1 July 2014

Rehearsal for the Queen's Baton, not as expected !

Nearing the end of its 190,000 km journey through the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, the Queen's Baton is set for its wildest adventure to date on 6th July as it passes through Blair Drummond Safari Park, throwing doubt if it will arrive at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

Preparations for the safari park leg have not gone well. Trial runs incorporating some of our residents have been met with unforeseen difficulties.

Showing little pride; cub Karis and big sister easily shred apart their baton.

Chippy went ape and threw his in the lake

Toto ate hers

It will be up to the safe hands of wrestling twins, Donna and Fiona Robertson, to carry the baton through a section of the park. Born 6 minutes apart, Donna and Fiona are twins and both wrestle in the same weight category, they will go head-to-head for a chance to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal - a predicament which could be settled early, depending which sister can run faster past our lions! Also bearing the baton is Walker Laing, recognising his voluntary work with the Stirling Claymores, a sports and social club for adults with learning disabilities. And Heather Anderson, a teacher in the Dunblane community who is an advocate of community sport.

On a serious note, the safari park is delighted to host the baton on part its 4,000 km Scottish tour, showcasing the nation’s culture and iconic landmarks during its visit to over 400 communities across all 32 local authorities.

On 6th July, visitors to Blair Drummond Safari Park will be able to line a section of the park and watch the baton pass. On the day, we will be running a fun sports event at our marquee, here you can race our mascots and try your hand at lots of fun activities. There is also a special trail of 5 events spread throughout the park running for the duration of the Commonwealth Games. Put your skills to the test against the best in the animal kingdom - balance a ball like a Sea lion, perch like an owl, grip like a chimp, hold your breath like an otter, jump like a Joey and hang like a lemur. We whole-heartedly empathise with ethos of the Games and its legacy; using the power of sport and culture to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.