Angus hosts special exhibits

Pictured are Michael Cavanagh, Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Darren Burnett and Professor Richard Haynes.
Pictured are Michael Cavanagh, Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Darren Burnett and Professor Richard Haynes.

Angus is to get a taste of the Commonwealth Games for one final time, with a new exhibition running in the county until Saturday, May 23.

The touring exhibition, entitled Hosts and Champions: Scotland in the Commonwealth Games, arrived at Carnoustie Library on April 21.

Welcoming the exhibition to Angus, the council’s vice convenor of communities, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “This is fantastic opportunity for the people of Angus to see memorabilia highlighting Scotland’s involvement in the Commonwealth Games, including its role as hosts in 1970, 1986 and 2014.

“Angus was very proud to play our role in the Queen’s Baton Relay and host the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games shooting event. We are now equally as proud to welcome this touring exhibition to the county for the next five weeks.

“Judging by the number of people who came out to see our local sporting heroes at the Queen’s Baton Relay and to support our athletes at the Games, I know that this exhibition will be very popular.”

Councillor Gaul was joined by Angus bowler Darren Burnett, who won a gold medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Also attending the launch was Professor Richard Haynes from the University of Stirling, which holds the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive, and Michael Cavanagh, chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland.

Drawn from the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive held by the University of Stirling, ‘Hosts and Champions: Scotland in the Commonwealth Games’ celebrates over 80 years of participation and achievement by Scotland in the Commonwealth Games, from its origin as the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930, through to Glasgow 2014.

The exhibition includes photographs, designs, clothing, papers and artefacts which evoke a rich story of Scotland’s involvement in the Games, including as hosts in 1970, 1986 and 2014.

Entry to the exhibition, which runs to May 23, is free.