Alnwick Castle to host The Queens Baton Relay Event this Summer

Posted 31 Jan 14, written by Amanda Lambert



The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) will complete its journey around England in Alnwick this June before the start of this year’s commonwealth games that takes place in Glasgow.

On Friday June 13th, the Baton will reach Alnwick where there are lots of special events planned. Hundreds of local schoolchildren will be invited to the Castle and will be able to partake in a number of planned sporting activities both modern and traditional to symbolise the region’s sporting heritage.

In the evening, Alnwick Castle will play host to a special ticket only event which will give people the opportunity to see the baton on stage and enjoy live music, dance and a taste of the commonwealth. More details will be announced in the spring.

Commonwealth Games England President, Dame Kelly Holmes, who won Commonwealth Games gold in Manchester in 2002, said: “Alnwick Castle will be a splendid and iconic venue for the finale of the English QBR journey.”

Before its arrival in England, the baton will have passed through 68 nations and territories and will have covered almost a third of the world’s population. The baton contains a message from the Queen to the Commonwealth that will be read out at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow Games.

Leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Grant Davey said, “To be selected is a fantastic honour for the county and once again the world’s spotlight will be on us…bringing significant investment into the local economy”.

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chloe commented on 10 June 14 08:27 AM

I am going and I have heard it is a great opportunity to get involved in county Northumberland sports!!! #cant wait

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