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Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers are preparing to carry the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton to Kirkcaldy when the baton travels around Fife on Thursday 26th June.

The Baton is due to arrive at Kinghorn Beach around 11.45am where it will be passed to fundraiser and swimming coach Andrea Gellan, from Dunfermline, who will carry the Baton to Kirkcaldy harbour onboard Kinghorn’s RNLI lifeboat.
The baton, which has already travelled over 120,000 miles around the world, is now travelling around Scotland on its way to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.

Andrea Gellan was nominated as a baton bearer for her contribution to open water swimming in Fife. She has swum the Channel a number of times, and coached and lead groups of young swimmers across the Channel and to events around the UK. Andrea also raised £3,000 for the RNLI after a swim across the Forth between North Berwick and Elie.

Lifeboat Press Officer Neil Chalmers said, ‘The crew are very excited and honoured to have been asked to take part in the relay and are looking forward to Thursday 26th June.

‘It is fitting that Andrea Gellan who has raised money for the RNLI has been chosen to carry the baton onboard the lifeboat.

‘Kinghorn Beach will provide a stunning backdrop for the event, with plenty of opportunity for people to come along on 26th June to see the baton, as well as the lifeboat. We hope to arrive at Kirkcaldy harbour just after noon.

‘The local fundraising branch will be serving tea and coffee at the lifeboat station during the event.’

Further details will be available on the station Facebook page and Twitter feed.