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Picking Up The Commonwealth Baton

Picking Up The Commonwealth Baton

Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, joins two youngsters to welcome the Wales team Commonwealth Games Mascot to Rhondda Cynon Taf
Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, joins two youngsters to welcome the Wales team Commonwealth Games Mascot to Rhondda Cynon Taf

The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Rhondda Cynon Taf in May ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is delighted to be welcoming the iconic baton as it continues its tour of all the Commonwealth countries.

Having started its journey at Buckingham Palace in London on October 9, 2013, it will visit every nation and territory of the Commonwealth, uniting the two billion citizens.

The Queen’s Baton Relay begins its seven-day journey of Wales on Friday, May 24, touching down at Cardiff Airport.

It comes to Rhondda Cynon Taf on Day 2, arriving at the Aberdare Festival in Aberdare Park, on Sunday, May 25, giving the residents of the County Borough the chance to get up close to a piece of sporting history.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is engaging with communities around Wales, building support for Welsh athletes set to travel to Glasgow just two months later for the start of the Commonwealth Games.

Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, said: “By welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Rhondda Cynon Taf, we are showing our public support to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but above all else we are showing our support for our Welsh athletes - in particular those living in our own County Borough.

“Just like London 2012, the Commonwealth Games will give us a window to show the world what talent we have right here on our doorstep, which will hopefully go on to inspire future generations to be fit, active and healthy.

“I urge as many people as possible to go along to AberdarePark on May 25 to catch a glimpse of this wonderful symbol of the Commonwealth Games.”

Commonwealth Games Council for Wales CEO, Chris Jenkins, said: “The Queen’s Baton 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.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay route around Wales, starting on Saturday, May 24, is as follows:

Day 1 – Abertillery, Ebbw Vale, Tredegar
Day 2 – Aberdare, Llandrindod
Day 3 – Urdd Eisteddfod
Day 4 – Laugharne, Carmarthen, Ammanford, Llanelli
Day 5 – St David’s, Machynlleth
Day 6 – Llanberis, Beaumaris, MenaiStraits, Caernarfon
Day 7 – Rhyl, Moel Famau, Ruthin, Llandegla
For further details of the Aberdare Festival visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whatson or call the Council’s Events Team on 01443 424123 or email events@rctcbc.gov.uk

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