Hiccup holds up batons

The Queen places her message in the Commonwealth Games baton before it set off on its world tour last October.

AN ANNOUNCEMENT revealing who has been chosen as community baton bearers to represent Shetland in the the build up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games has been delayed by a day.

Up to 70 local people were to find out on Monday if they are to play a part when the Queen’s Baton visits Shetland on 1 July.

But a “technical issue” with the Commonwealth Games organisers, in Glasgow, means that only some have been notified, while other received an incomplete email or no email at all.

SIC sports and leisure manager Neil Watt said that “some have heard but others have not”.

He said he had received assurances that the technical hiccup was in the process of being sorted and was hopeful that the full list of names would come through on Tuesday.

In July, the baton will pass through six Shetland communities, Sumburgh, Sandwick, Lerwick, Scalloway, Aith and Brae.