Laurencekirk man carries the Baton for sailing

Craig Robinson and family (Laurencekirk) preparing to carry the Baton last Saturday
Craig Robinson and family (Laurencekirk) preparing to carry the Baton last Saturday

Although the Queens Baton Relay didn’t pass through Laurencekirk last weekend, local sailor Craig Robinson was one of the lucky ones selected to carry the Queen’s message to the Commonwealth ahead of the Games in Glasgow later this month.

As a member of Montrose Sailing Club, Craig has been a key figure in the development of the a sail training programme for young people of south Aberdeenshire and North Angus and he proudly carried the Baton as it went through Kirriemuir on Saturday, before hot-footing it across to a damp Montrose in order to join the Baton on stage as it was passed from Angus to Aberdeenshire.

The people who nominated Craig to carry the Baton said: “As a result of the sail training programme, the club membership is healthier than it has been for many years. Without his help this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Following on from the sports taster sessions held at Montrose Sports Centre as part of the Queens Baton Relay celebrations, the Sailing Club held their annual Open Day on Sunday and gave 30 people their first taste of sailing on Montrose Basin. For more information on the Club, see their website, find them on Facebook or email sailingclub.montrose@gmail.com.