GCU welcomes the Queen's Baton to the campus

20 July 2014

GCU welcomes the Queen

Baton Bearer Greg Warnecke outside the Govan Mbeki Building

The GCU community came together to celebrate the arrival of the Queen's Baton to the campus this morning.

Waiting crowds cheered and waved their flags as Baton Bearer Greg Warnecke, who works for Glasgow 2014, arrived on campus and made his way to the Govan Mbeki Building.

The excitement didn't end there as members of the Queen's Baton Relay 2014 team surprised the crowd by leading Greg towards students, staff, their families and friends so they could see the Queen's Baton close up, chat to the Baton Bearer and have their photographs taken.

The Queen's Baton was then officially handed over to Glasgow community worker Ian Shillinglaw, who completed its journey across the campus to the Hanover Street exit.

"It was a great opportunity for GCU's students, staff, their families and friends to come together to celebrate a historic event for the University as excitement builds ahead of the Commonwealth Games," said Jan Hulme, University Secretary and Vice-Principal Governance.

"There was a wonderful atmosphere and everyone enjoyed a unique opportunity to get up close to the Baton and meet the Baton Bearers. 

 "We are delighted that the Queen's Baton Relay organisers chose GCU for such an event and are grateful to GCU colleagues who put in a great deal of effort to ensure it was a success and for turning out in such numbers this morning."

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.