A proud day for St Margaret’s Hospice
In August 2014, Glasgow welcomed the 20th Commonwealth Games. As part of the ceremony, the Queen’s Baton Relay team crossed the 70 Nations and Territories taking part in the Games covering 190,000 km in 288 days.
From 14 June to 23 July 2014 the Baton was in Scotland. The Queen’s Baton Relay travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, inviting everyone to be a part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to the Games. During the Baton’s tour of West Dunbartonshire, our hospice, St Margaret of Scotland, was delighted to welcome the Queen’s Baton on Friday 18 July 2014.
Several dignitaries were present to welcome the Baton. Provost Douglas McAllister, Gil Paterson MSP, Councillor Denis Agnew, Councillor Marie McNair, West Dunbartonshire Council Chief Executive Joyce White and Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti attended, The Baton arrived at the Hospice at 8.38am. Over 300 invited guests lined the car park with many supporters having the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the Baton.
We were delighted “Clyde”, the Commonwealth Mascot, was also able to visit the Hospice and spent almost an hour having photographs taken with patients, staff and guests.
Following the departure of the Baton, guests enjoyed a barbeque breakfast. Entertainment was provided by Entertainment Highland Dancers from the Margaret Rose School of Dance and music from the folk band “Really Jiggered” and the City of Glasgow Accordion Band.
The event has been described by those who attended as a very relaxed and joyous occasion. The presence of the Baton at the hospice and the warm welcome it received bears testimony to the position which the hospice holds in Clydebank and the commitment of the sisters, staff and volunteers to the people of the area.