I had a wonderful time performing in my hometown last week as the Commonwealth Baton arrived in Stranraer. There was such a great turn out to welcome the baton to the town, and the summer weather was amazing!

baton stranraer

The first stop for the baton was the Castle Square in the centre of town. Myself and the local music specialists organised a large children’s choir with pupils from all the local primary schools. They were joined  were joined by the local U3A choir and Alison Burns’ Ferrell Choir who had followed the baton across the region. Over 100 singers in total, all singing ‘Here’s to All Our Common Wealth’, a song commissioned to celebrate the Games coming to Scotland.  

Our second song was the locally written ‘Come by the Lovely Hills of Galloway’ to the tune of Highland Cathedral. The song, written by Jane Sloan, describes the beauty of our area and our local community. It was a wonderful experience to be leading this song, with such a fantastic choir and supportive audience. 

The baton then headed down to Agnew Park where all the athletes were welcomed, lots of celebrations and great local music!

Well done to all the performers and organisers for making the day such a great success!