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Youth in the Park is back for Queen’s Baton Celebrations

Building up to the Queen’s Baton Celebrations on Monday 14th July, Inverclyde Council’s Community Learning & Development team will host a fantastic day event for the youth of Inverclyde at Battery Park.

Youth in the Park is back for its 13th year in Inverclyde, and is set to be the biggest yet as it prepares to welcome the Queen’s Baton and end of day celebrations. This year’s event has been supported through Games for Scotland which is managed by EventScotland.

The baton has been travelling throughout Scotland’s villages, towns and cities as part of its 40 day tour before the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

On Monday 14th July, the baton reaches Inverclyde and Youth in the Park will give young people the chance to celebrate this momentous occasion with many fun activities and entertainment on offer throughout the day.

The day event will run from 1.00pm until 8.00pm and is completely free for all who attend. There is certainly plenty to keep everyone occupied including live entertainment, sports zones, inflatables, dance workshops and circus performers.

The official opening ceremony will take place at 1:00pm and will be performed by Waterloo Road Cast Members Rebecca Craven and Mark Beswick who play Rhiannon and Darren on the popular TV show.

The entertainment stage will be the focal point on the day with various young bands performing live throughout the afternoon including Vital Betrayal, Beautiful Expectations, Naked Neils, Bleach and Sinsheimers. Between sets, DJ Arron Bissett will take the stage.

The Commonwealth Youth Circus take over at 5.00pm with is an intensive training programme made up of dancers, traceurs, free-runners, aerialists and circus artists. This company, made up of 18 young people has been selected to showcase Scotland to the world during the Queen’s Baton Relay in July 2014.

The fun and entertainment doesn’t stop there as Battery Park prepares for the arrival of Queen’s Baton end of day celebrations and headline act – Nicholas McDonald. There will a competition to win a meet and greet with the X Factor star, which will be announced between 1pm – 5pm during Youth in the Park activities.

Following the baton arrival at 6.45pm there will be an official ceremony with Provost Robert Moran and games mascot Clyde. Nicholas McDonald will take the stage from 7pm with the show coming to an end at 8pm.

Inverclyde Young People’s Champion, Councillor James McColgan commented: “There is a great buzz going around the town about the Queen’s Baton Relay and Youth in the Park will be a spectacular way for Inverclyde’s young people to get involved and celebrate.

“This free annual event brings the youth of Inverclyde together and provides fantastic opportunities to participate in many activities and explore something new with the dance and sporting activities on offer throughout the day.

“The entertainment line-up this year sounds incredible and will be the perfect way to end the day’s celebrations, I hope everyone comes along to be part of this once in a lifetime event.”