Isobel’s joy at selection to carry Queen’s Baton

Isobel Patterson of Gorebridge, whose late daughter Leigh Elizabeth Anderson took part in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in 1986
Isobel Patterson of Gorebridge, whose late daughter Leigh Elizabeth Anderson took part in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in 1986

Isobel Patterson, from Rivergore Road, Gorebridge, has been selected to carry the Queen’s Baton as part of its Commonwealth Games Relay when it arrives in Midlothian on Monday June 16.

The 68-year-old, originally from Edinburgh, is over the moon to have been selected.

“I’m an Edinburgh girl, I only moved to Midlothian in the 2000s and I’ve only been in Gorebridge for about five years. I’m coming up for 69, and I really feel ‘this is smashing! I belong to Gorebridge!’. It really feels like an honour to be doing this. I think to myself ‘how lucky am I?’

“I thought I probably wouldn’t get picked, but I did! How exciting is that? I got my uniform the other day there and when I opened it I thought wow, this is real!”

Being involved in the Commonwealth Games will be particularly special for Isobel, who’s daughter Leigh, a Scottish Tap Champion, danced in the opening ceremony the last time it was in Scotland for Edinburgh 1986, before she sadly passed away in 1999, aged just 25.

“I lost my daughter 15 years ago, she was my only child. I went through a wee spell where I just felt a bit lost. I just started to going to things, and I think just filling my life a bit, and I really enjoy it. I really like it, and I’d like to even do more charity work as well. That might have been the impetus in the beginning, I think.”

“Leigh was in the opening ceremony and I was saying to myself, ‘It’s quite strange’, the last time they were here my daughter was in it and this time I’m doing something. I feel it’s like a link to my
girl.

“It’s a nice link though, it’s not a sad memory, it’s a nice link to the past for me.”

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