Flintshire welcomes the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay
The 2018 Commonwealth Games Baton, which carries a message from Her Majesty the
Queen to participating athletes, will visit Flintshire as part of its journey
to the Gold Coast Games in Queensland, Australia.
During a journey lasting a total of 388 days, the baton will be carried by a
relay of runners and will visit every part of the Commonwealth until it arrives
in Gold Coast City for the opening ceremony on 4 April 2018.
As part of that journey, the Baton will spend four days in Wales, beginning in
Swansea on 5 September and arriving at Theatr Clwyd Mold on Thursday 7
September. Local baton bearers include Tae Kwon Do double Olympic champion
Jade Jones, Paralympian Beverley Jones, Commonwealth Badminton athletes
Caroline Harvey and Daniel Font and Junior Commonwealth swimming athlete Elena
Flintshire County Councillor Ian Roberts, Cabinet Member for Education and
“Welcoming the Baton to Flintshire provides us with a wonderful opportunity to
champion our sports facilities and the opportunities they offer to local people
of all ages and all abilities.
“Flintshire has a proven track record of producing talented elite sports men
and women who are providing inspiration for others following in their
“We are proud to lend our support to the message carried with Baton and send
our best wishes to all the athletes competing in next year’s Games.”
Celebrations will begin on the field next to the theatre at 3pm where the
sports development team will be on hand to provide people with an opportunity
to get involved and have a go at a wide variety of sports.
Flintshire County Councillor Derek Butler, Cabinet Member for Economic
“Wales has strong historical connections to the Queen’s Baton Relay. Not only
did the first relay take place in Cardiff in the lead up to the 1958 British
Empire and Commonwealth Games, a legendary Welsh sportsman, sprinter and rugby
player Ken Jones, was the Baton bearer.
“I am proud and honoured that Flintshire is following in this tradition and has
been chosen to close day three of the Welsh leg of the tour. I would invite
people to come along to Theatr Clwyd, join in the celebrations and warmly
welcome the Baton to our county.”
The Baton will arrive at 5.30pm where a Baton Parade, coordinated by New Dance
(a local dance development organisation) and comprising children and young
people from ten Flintshire primary schools, will be waiting to escort the relay
runners to the front of the theatre building, before the Baton is taken inside
and onto the stage of the Anthony Hopkins Theatre.
Members of the public wishing to be photographed with the Baton can visit the
Anthony Hopkins Theatre stage between 6.15pm and 7pm.
The road in front of the theatre will be closed for the celebrations from 3pm
but the multi-story car park will be available for public parking.
You can follow the Baton’s journey at www.gc2018.com/qbr