Two URC members from Edinburgh have carried the Queen’s Baton on its way to the Commonwealth Games.
Hockey player Karen Maguire represented Duke Street URC. Mum to Cameron and Millie, Karen was nominated by her late partner’s family because of the hard work she and her hockey friends had put into raising £15,000.00 for Diabetes Research and for a further £5,000.00 for Richmond Hope, the bereavement counselling charity based in Craigmillar. Karen has played for Scotland under 21s and is currently with the Police Scotland team. She ran down Leith Walk with the Baton on July 14.
Portobello URC’s representative Betty Steedman Davidson, who has devoted more than 60 years to athletics. Founder of Musselburgh Athletics Club, she has been a Scottish champion, coach, organiser and official. Betty’s record includes gold medals in the Senior Olympics and World Championships for the sprint. She does most of her training in Musselburgh and so was nominated to run for East Lothian on July 17.
On July 18 Morison Memorial URC in Clydebank participated in the More Than Gold 2014 progamme by joining in the Queen’s Baton relay celebrations and opened its doors to provide refreshments as the baton passed through Clydebank. One of the change-overs of the baton took place outside the church beside the Town Hall.
That evening the ecumenical community gathered for a thanksgiving and prayer service held in the church, with a focus on human trafficking. It was the culmination of several Clydebank ecumenical gatherings all that week in anticipation of the Games.