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Perth and Kinross

Day 21.  Friday 4 July.

The Queen’s Baton received a warm welcome as it entered Perth & Kinross on Day 21 of its whistlestop tour of all of Scotland’s 32 council areas. The relay team stopped in many towns and villages across the county including Pitlochry,Birnam, Dunkeld, Blairgowrie, Rattray and Perth.

Highlights included a visit to the former crowning place of Scottish kings at Scone Palace, a stop at Blarigowrie Golf club where the baton team presided over the Junior Ryder cup and a flotilla of canoes down the Tay to Perth, with fireworks to greet the relay team.

The quality of the day’s entertainment was matched by the caliber of the Perth & Kinross batonbearers.

Colleen Blair - a senior swimmer in Aberfeldy - is extremely modest about her ground-breaking achievements in open-water swimming (swimsuit only). These include traversing the English and North Channels, swimming round Manhattan Island and Jersey, the Loch Tay Tummel and Rannoch for charity, and in 2011, she became the first person to swim the Pentland-Firth.

The oldest batonbearing candidate in the Perth and Kinross district, Margaret Flockhart is a stalwart of her local community having been a Boys Brigade leader for over 30 years, firstly at St. Stephen’s School serving boys from Muirton and North Muirton, then later at Perth’s Salvation Army shop. She even returned after retiring in 2004 to help the company survive when the leader became ill and she’s still there!

Also making an appearance was Scottish comedian and broadcaster Fred MacAulay ran with the Queen’s message at Scone Palace to rapturous applause.

The closing of the day’s proceedings in Perth was one of the most impressive seen so far on the Queen’s relay. Hundreds gathered in North Inch Park, Perth, to congratulate 1986 Commonwealth Games badminton Gold medal winner, Dan Travers and day was played out to music from acts including Gareth Gates and Stooshie.

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Schedule

08.00Rothes
08.20Aberlour
10.00Aviemore
13.00Blair Atholl
13.45Pitlochry
14.30Dunkeld and Birnam
15.20Blairgowrie and Rattray
17.00Scone Palace
18.20Perth

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To all who know her, Colleen - a senior swimmer in Aberfeldy - is extremely modest about her ground-breaking achievements in open-water swimming (swimsuit only). These include traversing the English and North Channels, swimming round Manhattan Island and Jersey, the Loch Tay Tummel and Rannoch for charity, and in 2011, she became the first person to swim the Pentland-Firth.

2005, Nick has been managing the walking scheme Stride For Life, improving the fitness, qualifications and competences of over 300 people (average age 65). He provides them with a range of health walking opportunities. These have been the means for participants to experience countryside they would previously have considered inaccessible. Through encouragement he has improved feelings of self-worth for many elderly people, enabling them to contribute again to the wider community.

The oldest batonbearing candidate in the Perth and Kinross district, Margaret is proud of and active in her local community having been a Boys Brigade leader for over 30 years, firstly at St. Stephen’s School serving boys from Muirton and North Muirton, then later at Perth’s Salvation Army shop. She even returned after retiring in 2004 to help the company survive when the leader became ill. She’s still there.

Megan is the youngest person in the Perth and Kinross district to be considered for carrying the baton, and has always enjoyed – and participated in – sport, especially tennis and athletics. In 2012, she was Junior Sports Champion at her school. Later that year, she became desperately unwell with a rare throat infection, which resulted in deep neck surgery and weeks of intensive treatment.

20 year-old Calum has made significant contributions to benefit teenagers suffering from cancer. He tragically lost his younger sister Esme to a brain tumour this year, after supporting her and their parents.

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