Jamaica says thanks for your support

The Queen's Baton in JamaicaThe Queen's Baton in Jamaica
The Queen's Baton in Jamaica
Thanks for racing to back us at the Commonwealth Games - that’s the message to people in East Dunbartonshire from Jamaica.

Countrymen and women of athletics superstar Usain Bolt - who is hoped to make an appearance at the games - have thanked the people of East Dunbartonshire for cutting a dash to support the Caribbean island.

Locals have been asked to cheer on Jamaica at the Glasgow 2014 Games as part of the ‘Support a Second Team’ campaign - a programme of events to engage the cultures of the Commonwealth and develop further links.

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There might be more than 4,500 miles between Kirkintilloch and the Jamaican capital of Kingston, but that hasn’t stopped a firm bond being created.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Baton travelled through Jamaica last month and young well-wishers seized the chance to say thanks to East Dunbartonshire for the support.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “It’s wonderful to see that the people of Jamaica are keen to build links between their beautiful country and East Dunbartonshire.

“I was delighted to see young people in Jamaica ‘fly the flag’ for East Dunbartonshire and I’m sure we will return the favour when the Games begin on July 23.

“I look forward to cheering on Jamaica - as well as Scotland and our other ‘second teams’, Norfolk Island and Namibia - when the Games kick off.”