Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton visits RNLI Kinghorn

The Scottish lifeboat station celebrated its 50th anniversary by welcoming the Queen’s Baton on its way to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

As the build-up to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games continues apace, the RNLI’s Kinghorn station has played its part.

The Scottish lifeboat centre welcomed the Queen’s Baton last week (26 June), as part of the relay building up to next month’s international athletics tournament.

The baton arrived at RNLI Kinghorn at midday and continued its journey to Kirkcaldy by lifeboat, carried by local fundraiser Andrea Gellan.

Residents and school children turned out to see the procession pass through the RNLI centre, which has been operating in the Firth of Forth since 1964.

Scott McIlravie, lifeboat helmsman at RNLI Kinghorn, said: “On behalf of the station I would like to thank all the volunteers and everyone who came along to the beach and Kirkcaldy harbour and who helped generate the great atmosphere.”

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The next major event planned at the lifeboat centre is the annual open day, which will take place next month (12 July).

The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games is due to start on 23 July, with athletes from all across the world arriving to compete, including Usain Bolt, Bradley Wiggins and Mo Farah.