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
- 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
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