A memorable trip home

It was one of the proudest moments of his life.

Scottish-exile Malcolm Robinson, who lives in the Old Town, returned home recently to see his father take part as one of the participants in the Queens Baton relay for the forthcoming 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Malcolm’s father, Robert Robinson, was given the honour as one of the baton carriers due to his tireless work to his local village, that of Tullibody in Clackmannanshire Central Scotland.

A good number of the Robinson family and friends, including Robert’s wife Janet, came from all over Scotland to see Robert carry the Queens Baton.

Malcolm said: “This was one of the proudest moments of my life, seeing my father carry the Commonwealth baton through Scotland.

“I am also very proud of what he has achieved in his life.

“It was great that the local community can honour him like this.

“He has given so much of his life to the local community.”

Malcolm’s father has helped out local Boys Brigade and Scout groups since he was 18 and later on joined the local PTA (Parents Teachers Association) which gave him the opportunity to speak to young people about both World Wars and how important it is that we should never forget these terrible conflicts.

Robert also helped Tullibody secure special police constables, a local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and assisted the local council in ensuring that the local wildlife in and around the Delph Pond was protected.

In April Robert was presented with his own bench at the local Delph Pond in commemoration of all his hard work.

The Commonwealth baton relay travels across Scotland through June and July using 4,000 baton carriers making it the biggest relay ever to have occurred in Scotland.