GCU to welcome Glasgow 2014 Queens Baton Relay

09 July 2014

The Queen’s Baton will come to Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Sunday, July 20.

Students, staff and members of the public are invited to be part of this unique celebration and to cheer the baton on during the final leg of its epic journey across the length and breadth of the Commonwealth.

GCU’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE said: “GCU is delighted to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to the University. We are honored to be involved in this much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and to play a part in the build up to the biggest festival of sport and culture that Scotland has ever hosted.”

The baton will visit every part of Glasgow in the three days immediately before the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, July 23.

On its first day in Glasgow, as well as visiting GCU, the baton will pass by landmarks including the Gallery of Modern Art, George Square and Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow Cathedral, Mitchell Library and Celtic Park, and communities across the north and east of the city.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “We are the proud host city of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the arrival of the Queen’s Baton will really signal the start of the celebrations. We know how to put on a party and from Castlemilk to Easterhouse, Drumchapel to Auchenshuggle and everywhere in between, people will have a chance to welcome the baton and really be a part of the Games.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the XX Commonwealth Games. By the time the baton arrives at the Opening Ceremony, it will have covered 190,000km, visited 70 Commonwealth nations and territories and involved a third of the world’s population.

The baton will arrive at GCU around 10.20am on Sunday, July 20, and will stay on campus for 10 minutes. 

GCU and Glasgow 2014

To find out more about GCU and the Commonwealth Games visit GCU’s dedicated Glasgow 2014 pages.