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Boyle gets in mood for Games

Susan Boyle carries the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton, with Dylan Simpson, six, at Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow

Susan Boyle carries the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton, with Dylan Simpson, six, at Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow

Singer Susan Boyle has visited children in hospital, taking a little bit of the Commonwealth Games with her as she carried the Queen’s Baton.

Picking up the baton outside Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, the star said she was “very excited” with just days to go before the opening ceremony.

Crowds gathered to watch the baton travel to the hospital in the city’s west end where it was handed over to Boyle before she took it inside to show to children on one of the wards.

The singer joined in the party atmosphere, meeting fans and dancing to music as she became one of the thousands of baton-bearers to take part in the relay which has travelled across Scotland for 38 days.

After leaving the hospital yesterday and handing the baton over, Boyle said: “It was a lot of fun and I had a ball, an absolute ball.

“It was good to bring the Commonwealth Games to them because they don’t get a chance to see it, so we’re bringing it to them.”

Talking about the Games, she said: “Bring it on. I’m very excited and very pleased it’s in Glasgow as well.”

But the Britain’s Got Talent star was not giving away any secrets about the opening ceremony, where she will perform among others including Rod Stewart, Amy MacDonald and violinist Nicola Benedetti.

She said: “Watch this space, that’s all I am willing to say.”

Nurse Kirsten Perry, who works at the hospital, handed the baton over to Boyle. She was nominated to be a baton-bearer by her sister in recognition of her volunteering charity work in Bangladesh, where she passes on her knowledge to nurses.

She said: “It was a bit surreal today, seeing colleagues here and all the crowds and meeting Susan. I wasn’t expecting this much but it was good – it was a lot of fun.”

The baton journey took in some of the host city’s landmarks.

 

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