Angus Council gifted Legacy Bench to commemorate Glasgow games

Young Scot and its Youth Legacy Ambassadors marked Legacy Week by gifting a specially designed commemorative Legacy bench to Angus Council.

The bench is to commemorate the impact of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Legacy benches have been created by Galgael, the Glasgow-based community organisation that crafted the baton for the Queen’s Baton Relay, and the Legacy bench in Angus is one of 32 benches to be placed in each of Scotland’s local authority areas. Each one has a commemorative plaque with three local Legacy wishes engraved. The Legacy wishes to be celebrated here include; for Scotland to be forever beautiful, for a greener planet and for children and young people remain active.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said: “We want communities throughout Scotland to benefit from the legacy of the Games, and young people are absolutely at the heart of this.

“The Legacy Benches scheme is a great way for young people to record what they want that legacy to be. It’s also a nice way to commemorate the dedication of our Youth Legacy Ambassadors, who are making Games legacy a reality.”

The benches represent the final step in the journey of the Flourishing Scotland project –part of Legacy 2014 which was set up to ensure a lasting legacy was in place for Scotland after the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “The Commonwealth Games presented an incredible opportunity for young people to be involved in a global sporting event in Scotland. It was an opportunity which they grasped with fantastic energy and passion to help play a leading role in the huge success of the Games Legacy.

“Supporting the Youth Legacy Ambassadors was a genuine privilege for us. We watched as they developed into inspiring young leaders in their communities and these benches ensure there is a living legacy from their hard work for all generations throughout Scotland to enjoy.”