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Final three days of the baton's route revealed for 2014 Games

LANDMARK Glasgow buildings and structures will be showcased during the finale to the Queen's Baton relay in the Commonwealth Games host city next month.

Organisers have revealed details of the eagerly awaited route the baton will take over three days from July 20 to July 22 - before the opening ceremony itself on July 23.

It marks the end of a 120,000-mile journey through 70 Commonwealth nations and territories lasting almost 300 days.

Images of the People's Palace, the Finnieston Crane and Glasgow University will be among those beamed around the world as the baton makes its journey to Celtic Park, where the opening ceremony is being held.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, the leader of Glasgow City Council declared it would be the city's "moment to shine on the world stage". The organisers are anticipating the people of the host city will live up to their reputation for friendliness, with spectators being treated to circus acts, dancers and live individual performances along the way.

On July 20 the baton will start out from the People's Palace at Glasgow Green, which was opened in 1898. It will then take in the Gallery of Modern Art and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Crowds of Sunday shoppers will greet the baton in Buchanan Street and it will also move onto George Square and the nearby City Chambers.

Other key points of interest include Glasgow Cathedral, the Mitchell Library. It will also pass by Celtic FC's ground for the first time.

The baton's journey ends each day with a finish-line celebration where thousands of revellers are expected to turn out for a big party. On July 20, it takes place at Springburn Park.

The following day its first port of call is the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum and the Glenlee tall ship by the Clyde.

The baton will then set off for the nearby SECC, the Hydro entertainment venue and Finnieston Crane. There will be excitement among young patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children as it drops into Yorkhill before heading onto the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Glasgow University, the Botanic Gardens and Maryhill Burgh Halls. It ends at Victoria Park.

On July 22, the baton will start at Cathkin Braes, the Glasgow 2014 mountain biking trail. The baton will head through the south of the city visiting Hampden, where most of the athletics events will be held, and then the Tramway theatre in Pollokshields and the House for an Art Lover designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Bellahouston Park. It then goes onto the popular Citizens Theatre in Gorbals and the Burrell Collection in the grounds of Pollok Park. Events will culminate in a finish-line celebration in Queen's Park Recreation Ground

Every baton bearer has been nominated in recognition of their contributions to local sport, community and youth. Cllr Matheson added: "Glasgow is the friendly city and I've no doubt that our local heroes - the baton bearers - will receive fantastic support as they travel through the city's streets. The Games are a chance to showcase our great city on a global stage".

The baton spent yesterday in East Anglia in England.

l Tickets for the events are free and will be issued via a ballot which opened yesterday and closes on June 22. To apply go to www.glasgow2014.com/baton-relay.

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