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Dundee City

Day 14.  Friday 27 June.

Scotland’s sunniest city greeted the Queen’s Baton Relay with open arms as the baton marked two weeks in Scotland in the city of Dundee.

The day began when the Queen’s Baton was carried into Broughty Ferry by powerboat; in the hands of Dundee’s iconic Beano character Dennis the Menace.  From there the baton ventured onwards to the 600 year old historic settings of Broughty Ferry Castle. It then passed the 190 year old ship Frigate Unicorn and not long after, the RSS Discovery, the last traditional wooden-masted ship to be built in Britain. Amongst other highlights of the day, the relay will called in at Dundee Science Centre, Magdalen Green and Lochee Park.

The baton was carried during the day by over 100 Dundonian’s who each have made a difference to the lives of others. Three years ago University of Dundee medical student Elizabeth Ferris suffered a spinal cord Injury which resulted in her becoming a full-time wheelchair user. Due to a lack of options around the Tayside area Elizabeth took it upon herself to found the Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Rugby League Club and has gone on to represent Scotland at the Rugby League World Cup.

Also receiving the baton was Mike Cordiner who gave up his paid employment to set up and run a homeless charity within Dundee called Eagles Wings Trust. Mike is involved in running a soup kitchen most nights in the week, visiting hostels and hospitals, providing a drop in centre to offer advice and support as well as running a gardening project.

Dundee's Citizen of the Year for 2013 Joyce McIntosh was another venerable Dundonian to become a batonbearer. Joyce is a trustee in the national charity Get Kids Going, which campaigns to give disabled children and young people the opportunity to participate in sport. She is also a keen runner and has participated in over 29 marathons to raise money for numerous causes.

The Queen’s baton was brought back to Dundee’s city square in the evening where a ceilidh got the party in full swing.

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Schedule

07.35Tayport
07.55Broughty Ferry
08.30Dundee City  
12.35Camperdown
13.50Dundee City 
14.25Law Hill
14.40Dundee City 
15.00McTaggart Gymnastics Centre 
15.50Caird Park 
16.10Dundee City 
18.20Dundee City Centre 

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Andrew is the youngest batonbearer to be nominated in Dundee. He recently created a Facebook page to promote the Dundee City of Culture bid in an effort to raise the cities profile and attract more people to visit. The page gained a huge amount of interest and was so well received that he was asked to become a youth digital ambassador by the WEDUNDEE bid team.

Over 10 years ago Mike gave up his paid employment to set up and run a homeless charity within Dundee called Eagles Wings Trust. This charity provides food, clothes, blankets and support to those in Dundee affected by homelessness and drug and alcohol addiction. Mike is involved in running a soup kitchen most nights in the week, visiting hostels and hospitals, providing a drop in centre to offer advice and support as well as running a gardening project.

Joyce was Dundee's Citizen of the Year for 2013. She is a trustee in the national charity Get Kids Going, which campaigns to give disabled children and young people the opportunity to participate in sport. She has participated in over 29 marathons to raise money for numerous causes. As president of Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association, Joyce organises the New Year’s Day Dook at Broughty Ferry, which also raises funds for a variety of different charities every year.

Dave ran the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group at Harris Academy for 35 years. With his team of staff, former pupils and parents, he steered 1,231 Bronze, 722 Silver and 499 Gold candidates to complete their awards. He was awarded the MBE in June 2001.He is also a big supporter of schoolboy rugby and serves on the Championship Committee of the Scottish Rugby Union. He is convenor of the Under 16 Brewin Dolphin Cup and revived Harris Academy FP RFC when it was reformed in 2008.

Cecilia is the widow of the Olympic Torch Bearer Ronald Mcintosh who passed away early last year after battling chronic illness, bilateral amputations and renal tranplantation. Ron and Celia promoted organ donation together, raising awareness and fund raising for the cause. Celia is a runner in her own right and has entered her name for the Edinburgh marathon to commemorate her 70th birthday this year.

Joyce was Dundee's Citizen of the Year for 2013. She is a trustee in the national charity Get Kids Going, which campaigns to give disabled children and young people the opportunity to participate in sport. She has participated in over 29 marathons to raise money for numerous causes. As president of Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association, Joyce organises the New Year’s Day Dook at Broughty Ferry, which also raises funds for a variety of different charities every year.

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