Many thanks to Angus Council for fuunding this short film recording the Queen's Baton Relay event in East Haven.
Queen's Baton Relay
Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands and now East Haven. Who would have thought it? We were delighted and honoured that the Queen’s Baton Relay visited East Haven on the 28th June 2014. Laura Smith and Louise brought the Relay Baton into East Haven by bike along the cycle path from Carnoustie. John Hill piped the Baton into our village sqaure which was transformed for the occassion following the completion of our beautiful East Haven 800 Beechgrove Community Garden. Our boat, 'The Sisters' was looking resplendent decorated with flags of the Commonwealth and it was an emotional moment to see Laura and Louise raising the Baton.
Our stunning new rose, Commonwealth Glory was in full bloom in the garden and Angus provost Helen Oswald was amongst many who were photographed in the garden with the rose.
The visit of the Queens Baton Relay is a timely reminder that the Queen and her sister Margaret used to be brought down to East Haven by their mother from the family home at Glamis to play on the beach and amongst the rock pools in the 1930’s.
As the village was granted the right to hold a market in 1541 we decided to exercise this ancient right at the event. East Scryne Farm sold a range of fruit, Iain Spink a range of fish products, Feed me Full representing the Bakery and the Gift Horse in Broughty Ferry all had stalls in our village sqaure. We were able to recreate a bustling market atmosphere, a reminder of how important East Haven was as a place of trading and industry over the centuries.
East Haven also had it's own brewery and Inn during the 1800's and Mor Brewery enabled us to open up our brewery once again.
It was a wonderful occcassion which will be remembered for a long time by all those who attended.
Special thanks are due to:
- Jean Stewart for all her support and assistance with organising stalls
- Iain Spink, James and Kate Porter, Pauline from 'Feed me Full' and the Gift Horse in Broughty Ferry.
- Mr W. Porter who made his field available for parking at the rear of Long Row
- 2449 Carnoustie Squadron Air Cadets for their help with Marshalling
- John Hill for Piping in the Queens Baton Relay Carriers
- Residents and friends for all their assistance and support
- Angus Council for their community grant of £1,361.20 to enable us to host the event
The Queen’s Relay Baton will arrive in East Haven with a cyclist riding along the coastal path from Carnoustie at 10.55am.
The traffic arrangements for the Queen’s Really Baton arrival are quite complex for both residents and visitors so please note the following carefully.
All visitors need to be in East Haven by 10.15am if possible to ensure access and parking. Main parking will be in Mr Porter’s field at the rear of Long Row and this will be managed by traffic marshalls. Residents in Torrie Park may wish to park in the beach car park on Friday evening as traffic cones will cone off the usual parking area. We are holding a farmers market and stalls will be erected in front of Torrie Park first thing on Saturday morning.
The buses will continue to be diverted away from the village square but the two buses that are due around the time of the Baton arrival at 10.55am will not visit East Haven at all on the 28th.
It should be noted that the cycle path between Carnoustie and East Haven will also be closed to the public for a period when the Baton carrier cycles along.
Access under the railway tunnel will be virtually unmanageable between 10.30am and 11.30am unless in an emergency so please avoid any travel at this time if you can. Access under the bridge and along Long Row will be difficult at all times between 10am and 2pm on the 28th June. We hope though that any inconvenience will be more than compensated for by the opportunities that the Queen’s Relay Baton provides for East Haven and that everybody will enjoy the occasion. If anybody has any concerns please let Wendy know and we will work towards finding a solution.