Baton relay comes to Shetland

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Shetland under-12 rugby player Adam Card holds the Royal Voluntary Service Commonwealth Games baton with pride alongside many of his fellow Shetland junior rugby players and RVS Shetland branch service manager Dion Wilkinson (front left) and RVS Shetland branch administrator Sarah Ward (front right). Photo: Kevin Jones

Shetland under-12 rugby player Adam Card holds the Royal Voluntary Service Commonwealth Games baton with pride alongside many of his fellow Shetland junior rugby players and RVS Shetland branch service manager Dion Wilkinson (front left) and RVS Shetland branch administrator Sarah Ward (front right). Photo: Kevin Jones

A baton relay is being held in Shetland as part of the Royal Voluntary Service in Scotland’s promotion of volunteering, ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The baton is to cover 2,500 miles, across Scotland and will involve more than 7,400 Royal Voluntary Service volunteers and folk who rely on their services.

The Shetland RVS branch and its supporters are taking part in challenge, and the baton arrived today at the Clickimin rugby pitch ahead of the match between the Shetland rugby team and RAF Lossiemouth.

Next week the route will take in a visit with TV star Socks – the famous Shetland Pony,  as well as travelling to Cunningsburgh and Sumburgh.

The baton is expected to be walked with, ran with, carried in a shopping basket, and even transported by helicopter during its time in Shetland.

The Shetland leg is expected to clock up about 480 miles.

More in next week’s Shetland Times.

Shetland RVS branch service manager Dion Wilkinson hands on the Royal Voluntary Service Commonwealth Games baton to Shetland Junior Rugby player Edward Hallam at today's rugby training session at the Clickimin during the baton's route through Shetland. Photo: Kevin Jones

Shetland RVS branch service manager Dion Wilkinson hands on the Royal Voluntary Service Commonwealth Games baton to Shetland Junior Rugby player Edward Hallam at today’s rugby training session at the Clickimin during the baton’s route through Shetland. Photo: Kevin Jones

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