Vale of Glamorgan Council help stage leg of Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay
BOXING Champion Lee Selby and pupils from three local schools lined Barry Island Promenade as the Vale of Glamorgan Council helped organise a leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay this week.
The event sees a baton containing a message from the Queen travel around nations competing in the Commonwealth Games before reaching the Gold Coast where the 2018 Games will take place.
After setting out from Buckingham Palace, the relay visited Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas before heading back to Europe.
And Barry Island featured as one of the locations during a four-day tour of Wales.
baton4Pupils from High Street Primary, Gladstone Primary and Bro Morgannwg Primary schools packed onto the Island for the event that was also attended by Vale Council Leader John Thomas.
They got a chance to hold the Baton, made using macadamia wood and reclaimed plastic sourced from Gold Coast waterways, and watch as local lad Selby was among those who carried it along the Promenade.
Others included Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield, 2012 Olympic silver medallist Hannah Mills, TV personality Lucy Owen and Vale of Glamorgan Council worker John Nethercott, who won gold and bronze medals in respective 1500 and 800m events at the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona.
After continuing its tour of Wales, the baton will head to Asia and Oceania before arriving in Queensland for the start of the Commonwealth Games in April.
“It was wonderful to see the Queen’s Baton Relay visit the Vale as part of its journey around Wales this week. The fact such a prestigious event felt Barry Island should feature along its route proves how iconic the resort is, not just in Wales, but internationally.
“As a Council we’re really proud that is the case as we have committed significant resources into regenerating the Island in recent years. Events like the Baton Relay prove just what a benefit it is to have such a top-class coastal resort within the Vale.” - Cllr Thomas