Brian Cox leads Queen’s Baton Relay in Midlothian

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HOLLYWOOD actor Brian Cox was among those who carried the Queen’s Baton in an action-packed day in Midlothian.

The Relay was on the third day of its tour of Scotland, ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Brian Cox carried the baton into Rosslyn Chapel

Brian Cox carried the baton into Rosslyn Chapel

Cox, who has appeared in films including the Bourne Supremacy and Manhunter, was one of about 100 people carrying the baton on Monday.

He carried it to Rosslyn Chapel while schoolchildren performed a guard of honour to welcome it at the gate of its grounds before it travelled on to Penicuik, Rosewell, Bonnyrigg, Newtongrange and Gorebridge.

The first bearer skied down the slope at the Snowsports Centre at Hillend followed by skiers with flares before handing the baton over half-way down the route.

This leg of the relay culminated in a grand celebration event at Dalkeith Country Park featuring a samba band, a mass choir and an outdoor ceilidh.

On Tuesday, the baton is due to go from Musselburgh to Haddington on the East Lothian leg of its journey,

It will also pass through Prestonpans, Cockenzie, Tranent, Longniddry, Aberlady, Dirleton, Gullane, North Berwick, and Dunbar.

It will visit more than 400 communities and be carried by more than 4,00 batonbearers, who are being recognised for their inspiration, hard work and impact on the lives of others during its journey around Scotland.

The baton was sent on its way by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on October 9 last year.

Its final destination will be the opening ceremony in Glasgow on July 23 where the Queen will read the special message contained inside the baton.



9am Baton relay starts at Murdoch’s Green, Musselburgh, the Honest Lad and Lass welcome the first baton bearers into East Lothian.

Baton then heads along Edinburgh Road, onto Bridge Street passing The Brunton.

Relay will run the full length of the High Street and Linksfield Road. It passes by the racecourse and Musselburgh Old Course Golf Club.

10am Baton arrives at Ravensheugh Road. It then makes its way from Prestonpans Bowling Club, along Prestonpans High Street towards Pipers Wynd.

10.40am Cockenzie and Port Seton. From the ‘Welcome to Cockenzie and Port Seton’ sign, the baton relay then travels along Edinburgh Road, Gosford Road, Links Road to Fishers Road and eventually Alder Road.

11.35am Tranent: The relay heads off from Church Street (where among the baton bearers will be 16 year old Kai Wood, taking over the baton duty from her brother Kyle, who died just days after learning he had been selected for the honour. Kyle had epilepsy and learning disabilities). The relay then heads past the First Station and onto the High Street, where the bearers include local cricket club founder Scott Russell (story). It then heads for Ormiston Avenue.

12 Noon Macmerry: Baton arrives at Macmerry Primary School.

12.30pm Longniddry: The relay passes the Railway Bridge and travels along the A196 past Summerhouse Coffee Shop, Links Road, Kitchener Crescent, ending on Lyars Road.

12.50 Aberlady: The Baton sets off from the entrance to the village, along teh A198 past the Church, Kilspindie House Hotel and along the coast road, past the nature reserve.

13.10 Gullane: The relay sets off from the entrance to Gullane Golf Club, along Main Street, past Muirfield Nursing Home and ending at the Fire Training Centre.

14.25 Dirleton: The baton heads off from Chapel Hill past the primary school, along Main Road to Manse Road, around the church and monument and back to Main Road and Castlemains Place.

15.00 North Berwick: From Nether Abbey Hotel on Dirleton Avenue, the baton heads to Station Hill, Beach Road, and Forth Street, arriving at the golf club at 3.05pm. It leaves at 3.25pm along Forth Street to Victoria Road, arriving at the Seabird Centre at 3.30pm.

15.45pm The baton leaves the Seabird Centre via Melbourne Road, past the Celtic Cross, School Road and Balfour Street, onto Quadrant and East Road.

16.45 Dunbar: The relay leaves Edinburgh Road, heading onto Summerfield Road and past Dunbar Grammar School. It continues along Summerfield Road to Countess Road past Dunbar Primary school at around 5pm. it then continues along countess Road to Countess Crescent, Belhaven Road and arrives onthe High Street at 5pm.

It then travels along the High STreet to Queens Road and Spott Road.

17.40 Haddington: The route begins at Dunbar Road, travels onto Hardgate and High Street. It then goes to Court Street, Station Road and West Road, finishing at Compass School at 6pm.

18.15pm The relay returns to Musselburgh at Linkfield Road, heading along the High STreet at 18.30pm, makig its way to Bridge Street, Ladywell Way and to a stage outside the Brunton at 18.40pm for an evening celebration.