The COMMUNITIES the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit when it reaches Wales ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games later this year, are revealed today (Tuesday, 7th January).
The public will be able to view the baton in St Davids on the morning of Wednesday, 28th May, during its Pembrokeshire leg of the journey.
The baton will be touching down at Cardiff Airport on 24th May at the start of a seven day journey around the Principality en route to Scotland.
In St Davids, the Queen’s Baton Relay will make its way from the Bishops Palace through the Cathedral grounds where it will be received and blessed by the Bishop of St Davids, The Right Reverend Wyn Evans.
After being carried through the Cathedral, the baton will then make its way to the main square in St Davids.
Here it will be received by local dignitaries before proceeding to Ysgol Dewi Sant via Oriel y Parc.
The celebrations will culminate in a multi-sports event for children and young people at St Davids Leisure Centre. While in St Davids, the baton will be carried by numerous Young Ambassadors from the St Davids Family of Schools.
The pupils have been chosen because they have worked hard as advocates of sport and physical activity within their respective schools, inspiring their peers to take part in sport on a regular basis. Pembrokeshire County Councillor Elwyn Morse, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said the visit of the relay was a great honour for the County.
“While the Queen’s Baton Relay is in Pembrokeshire, it will mean that the media spotlight will be on the County” he added.
“I am sure its presence will generate a great deal of excitement and galvanise support for Welsh athletes at the Commonwealth Games.”
Commonwealth Games Council for Wales Chief Executive, Chris Jenkins, said:
“The relay acts as an invitation to the nation to join the extended Team Wales family. It is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth and its arrival in Wales sends a strong signal that the Games are fast approaching.
“With the whole of Wales behind our athletes, we’re a team three million strong. We’re such a proud and passionate sporting nation and the QBR provides us with the chance to engage directly with the people of Wales and share the excitement of the Commonwealth Games with them.”
Further details of the Queen’s Baton relay visit to St Davids, including timings, will be published in due course.
For a more detailed guide to the day by day, highlights and events taking place for the Queen’s Baton Relay from Saturday, 24th May – Friday, 31st May please visit http://teamwales.co.uk and for more information on the baton’s journey around the Commonwealth visit http://www.glasgow2014.com/queens-baton-relay.