Hosting the Queen's Baton.

6 July 2014

Nearing the end of its 190,000 km journey through the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, the Queen's Baton passed through Blair Drummond Safari Park on 6th July.

The safari park was 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.

Carried in the safe hands of wrestling twins, Donna and Fiona Robertson, and also by Walker Laing and Heather Anderson, the baton was carried 800metres through the park as visitors and staff applauded.

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. Walker Laing also carried the baton, 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.

The bearers brought the baton behind the scenes where some of our animals took full advantage of the photograph opportunity.

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.