Commonwealth connections for Keith

KEITH is connecting with the Commonwealth Games, with confirmation that the Queen’s baton relay will come to the Friendly Town this summer as it tours Scotland.

Commonwealth tartan

Commonwealth tartan

Keith will be the first location in Moray to welcome the baton in the final stages of its journey around the globe, ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The relay will cover 8,000 km on its 40 day Scottish journey, visiting all 32 local authority areas, and up to 4,000 baton bearers will take part in the route.

The baton will be in Keith on Wednesday, 2nd July.

Meanwhile, a Keith mill is ensuring that Scotland’s elite athletes make a huge impression at the launch of this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Keith’s very own tartan army was mobilised into action to help give Team Scotland a vibrant, strong and confident image for the opening ceremony of the Games.

The uniform that Team Scotland will wear when they march into Celtic Park on July 23 has been woven on the looms of Macnaughton’s House of Edgar at its Isla Bank Mill in Keith.

Created by textile designer and artist Jilli Blackwood, the eye-catching tartan will be incorporated into the parade uniforms won by athletes, when the curtain is raised on the 11 day event.

The designer was tasked to bring contemporary style and flair to the Scottish team uniforms and the tartan features a vibrant colour palette, with bright combinations of turquoise, fuchsia, burnt caramel and navy blue to represent the four distinctive seasons of Scotland.

Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer Hannah Miley visited the Keith mill for a preview of the tartan, which she described as “amazing”.

Hannah said: “This tartan will definitely make the Scotland team stand out. It’s the first thing that people notice.”