SUSAN Boyle is to carry the Queen’s Baton in Glasgow as the city counts down to the start of the Commonwealth Games, organisers have announced.
The baton, which contains a message from the Queen, will arrive in the city tomorrow ahead of the international sporting tournament.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has also been tasked with carrying the baton.
A total of 400 baton bearers will carry it round Glasgow, before it arrives at the Games opening ceremony on Wednesday evening.
The baton has already travelled through the Commonwealth, visiting its 70 nations and territories in the run-up to the event.
Boyle, who shot to fame after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent, will carry the baton at Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children in the city on Monday morning, while Strachan will take hold of it at the Hampden Park national stadium the following day.
Jackie Brock-Doyle, of Glasgow 2014, said: “The baton arrives in Glasgow tomorrow morning. It starts in Glasgow Green and, with four days to go, the countdown really is starting for this city.
“We’ll see 400 bearers in and around Glasgow. We do have Susan Boyle, who will be running with the baton, we do have the manager of the Scotland football team, Gordon Strachan.”
Round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont travelled with the baton for some eight months across the Commonwealth, visiting no fewer than 68 out of the countries that are competing in the Games.
He met athletes from across the globe who will be taking part in the sporting event, and said: “When I set off on the journey it was the big famous sports, the ones that sold out quickest - the athletics, the track cycling - that I was most excited about.
“But coming to the actual start of the Games what I am most enthused about is some of the smaller sports, some of the athletes that are coming from the most remote parts of the Commonwealth, some of those island territories where the Commonwealth Games is their greatest international competition.
“When you come from Scotland, when you come from some of the bigger Commonwealth countries, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of that, how important the Commonwealth Games is as a competition to some of these athletes.
“So I’m looking forward to the likes of wrestling, to lawn bowls, to table tennis and some of the sports I knew very little about before.”