Saturday, November 14, 2009

2010 Commonwealth Games baton visits Mold

A SYMBOL of nations united – the Commonwealth Games baton – came to Flintshire this week amidst a pageant of celebrations.

The Queen’s Baton for 2010 Delhi games was driven across the Welsh border at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on Sunday in a minibus as part of a relay which takes it to 71 countries.

On Monday it was taken to the Alun School Mold before being taken in a relay to Bryn Coch primary school via Alexander Road and Victoria Road.

The procession was led by three of Flintshire’s finest athletes – heavyweight boxer Andrew Jones, from Mynydd Isa; pole vault star Christina Hughes, from Rhosesmor and paralympic shot putter Andrew Williams, from Mold.

And they were accompanied by eight children, two pupils each from Bryn Coch, Ysgol Glanrafon, Bryn Gwalia and St David’s schools.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games and has been part of the programme since the Cardiff 1958 games.

This year it started in London and will cover more than 190,000 kilometres in 340 days.