Queen's Baton Relay in Gateshead, Newcastle and Alnwick

Key points

  • The Queen's Baton Relay is the main curtain raiser for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow between 23 July and 3 August
  • The baton is the Commonwealth Games version of the Olympic torch and carries a sealed, secret message written by the Queen
  • The baton relay journeys around England for 14 days and crosses the border into Scotland on 14 June

Live text


  • Francesca Williams 
  • Julie Cush 

Last updated 13 June 2014

STANDARD 07:00 Good morning

Julie Cush, BBC News

It's day 14 of the Queen's Baton Relay tour of England and today it's in Gateshead, Newcastle and Alnwick.

We'll be keeping you up to date with what's happening and where the baton is. Are you heading out to see it? Tweet using the hashtag #bbcbatonrelay or email.

STANDARD 07:06 Baton's England journey

The north-east of England is the last stop-off point in England before the baton crosses over the border into Scotland on Saturday for its 40-day tour.

Today it will be taken to the Angel of the North, Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Walker Activity Dome before moving on to Alnwick in Northumberland.

The baton will arrive in Glasgow just before the Commonwealth Games start on 23 July.

STANDARD 07:12 Early arrivals

Francesca Williams, BBC News

Jim and Anne Callaghan came early to see the baton.

Jim and Anne Callaghan

They were here last time in 1986, for the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh says Jim. His dad was one of those organising this leg of that route.

They've come from Stockton on Teesside...though his mum lives over the road so they've not had far to go!

STANDARD 07:19 Baton bearers

Among those carrying the Baton today are Great North Run founder Brendan Foster, triple jumper Jonathan Edwards and Cramlington paralympian Stephen Miller.

STANDARD 07:24 Brendan Foster interviewed

Andrew Hartley, BBC Look North

BBC Breakfast interviewing Brendan Foster with the Commonwealth Baton at the Angel of the North.

Brendan Foster being interviewed

A legend in the shadow of an icon

STANDARD 07:35 Brendan Foster carries baton

Francesca Williams, BBC News

The creator of the Great North Run, Brendan Foster thanked the schoolchildren who came to the Angel this morning and said the baton relay is all about the people.

Brendan Foster with the baton at the Angel of the North

He said: "It was wonderful to be asked by Gateshead Council on behalf of the people of Gateshead."

STANDARD 07:46 Oakfield Juniors' Angel photo op

Francesca Williams, BBC News

Brief television appearance over and the children from Oakfield Junior School were herded around for the best photo opportunity for the, albeit smallish, crowd and, more, press cameras.

At the Angel

Since they're only seven to 11 years old and Angel is..well...a lot bigger than that, it's proving difficult to get both into shot.

STANDARD 07:57 Radio updates

BBC Newcastle

Gilly Hope was out at the Angel this morning to see the Queen's Baton Relay. Here she is interviewing Great North Run creator and baton bearer Brendan Foster.

Brendan Foster and Gilly Hope

BBC Newcastle will have updates from the relay throughout the day as it travels to Gateshead, Newcastle and then to Alnwick, in Northumberland.

STANDARD 08:03 'It's been excellent'

The mayor of Gateshead Councillor Jack Graham said: "It's been excellent. It's certainly been worth getting up at 5 o'clock and I can't think of a better setting than the Angel of the North."

Schoolchildren at the Angel of the North

STANDARD 08:11 Weather for the baton relay

Julie Cush, BBC News

Hopefully it will stay fine for the baton relay today - here's the forecast. After a dry start with some bright or sunny intervals, it will become cloudier by afternoon with the odd shower.

Showers will become more frequent and possibly heavy. Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F)