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Day 13.  Thursday 26 June.

The Queen’s baton returned to Scotland’s east coast today arriving in Fife. Fife sits across the Firth of Forth from the capital Edinburgh. Fife is still referred to as the “The Kingdom” as it retains boundaries existing from when it was one of the seven Pictish Kingdoms around 8th and 9th century AD. With such a rich history the relay was obliged to take in some of Fife’s many historical sites.

The baton began its day in The Kingdom at Knockhill Racing Circuit befor exploring Dunfermline Abbey and then travelling by RNLI lifeboat between Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy. In the afternoon there were stops at Falkland Palace and the East Neuk fishing villages before finishing up in St Andrews for a carnival-themed parade.

Scottish actress and impressionist, Ronni Ancona, was a surprise baton bearer on Aberdour’s Silver Sands beach and seemed to enjoying the experience as she blew kisses to the crowd.

Ronni was joined by another surprise guest, Scottish Curling Olympian, Eve Muirhead. Eve, who led Team GB to a Bronze medal at this year’s Winter Olympics was thrilled to carry the baton onto the “Home Of Golf”, St Andrew’s prestigious Old Course.

Rebecca Stewart, 13, was jumping, kicking and spinning for joy when it was her chance to carry the baton. The young acrobat performed several cartwheels as she participated in the relay.

Following Rebecca was Royal Air Force serviceman David Adam has raised a staggering £200,000 for charity since the age of 12. He has undertaken numerous voluntary roles from a miscellany of charities, all for disadvantaged, abused or terminally-ill children.

The Queen’s Baton Relay completed its 110 mile journey in on the iconic West Sands beach at St Andrews that runs alongside St Andrews golf course. The beach was made world famous when it was featured in the opening scenes of classic film, Chariots of Fire and was the perfect spot for a slow motion finish to a dramatic day.

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Schedule

07.35Knockhill Racing Circuit
08.00Dunfermline
09.15Inverkeithing
09.35Dalgety Bay 
10.40Aberdour
11.25Burntisland
11.45Kinghorn 
12.15Kirkcaldy 
12.50Glenrothes
14.05Falkland 
15.00Freuchie
15.20Cupar
16.15Leven 
16.50Pittenweem
17.00Anstruther
18.10St Andrews 

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From the age of 12, Royal Air Force serviceman Dave has raised a staggering £200,000 for charity. He has undertaken numerous voluntary roles from a miscellany of charities, all for disadvantaged, abused or terminally-ill children.

By day Zander is a firefighter and does difficult shift work. When he’s not saving lives or sleeping in preparation for saving them, he attends schools promoting his passion, rugby. Zander relinquishes a huge amount of time unpaid to support the growth of the game; from mini-rugby sessions with three year old avid egg chasers to 60-plus in the ‘golden-oldies’ classes.

"Well-known and respected in Kennoway, Thomas has – over the last few years – raised a lot of money for Sense Scotland, the British Heart Foundation and Help for Heroes. He even recently cycled over to the poppy fields in Belgium from Leven in Fife, and along with his friend managed to coax a staggering £25,000 out of the pockets of the local community, all for Poppy Scotland. For this he won Kingdom FM’s Fundraiser of the Year award.

Stefan is a high-achieving individual who is an important role model within his local community. Intensely-focused, he does not let his disability hold him back from achieving his goals, and always strives to improve on previous efforts. When not working a paid position, he trains under John Szaranek at Carnegie Swimming Club in Dunfermline and coaches young disabled swimmers; the latter look up to him and absorb his confidence and determination through learning to swim.

Since setting it in 1983, Pat is still the Scottish record holder for the 100m hurdles. She has a history of Commonwealth Games involvement, representing Scotland at the 1986 Games in Edinburgh (she was also Athletics Team Manager at the Youth Games in the same city), Bendigo, Australia and at the 2010 Games in Dehli.

Francis is one of Scotland’s best ever hurdlers, having been the national champion in the sport in 60m, 110m and 200m categories. He is a former UK no.1 in the 300m, and in the last fifteen years has been the recipient of 20-plus Scottish indoor and outdoor championship titles.

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