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Baton in visit to Forth Bridge

The Queen's Baton has completed the second day of its journey across Scotland, with celebrations taking place across West Lothian.

The baton started the day at South Queensferry, just outside the Edinburgh, where it was carried by comedian Rhona Cameron under the shadow of the Forth Bridge.

Arriving into West Lothian via Broxburn, the baton went on to travel through many of the region's towns, including East Whitburn and Bathgate.

It visited Armadale's Sports and Community Centre, Whitburn's King George V Park and Linlithgow Palace, where families gathered for activities and entertainment.

The baton's journey culminated in the area's largest town Livingston, ending the day at Howden Park, where it was brought on stage by Team Scotland swimmer Craig Benson.

Nearing the end of its 190,000km journey through the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, by the time the baton arrives at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, it will have covered 4,000km in Scotland.

Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh said: "The Queen's Baton Relay is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games and its journey through Scotland is an important signal to both the athletes and the public that the Games are just around the corner.

"The relay gives everyone the chance to celebrate community sport and show support for their local athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014. We hope everyone the length and breadth of the country will get behind the team and play their part in what is going to be an amazing home Games."

The baton's next stop is Midlothian, where it will visit a series of schools and sports centres including Midlothian Snowsports Centre and the Beeslack, Penicuik, Lasswade and Newbattle Community High Schools.

Actor Brian Cox will be carrying the baton to Rosslyn Chapel, with the day culminating in a celebration at Dalkeith Country Park.

Burns Scott, 85, who has volunteered for most of his adult life, and Jennifer Henderson, a young sport ambassador with both Scottish and British swimming titles will also be baton bearers.


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