As it happened: Day two of Queen's Baton Relay in Wales

Key Points

  • The baton has spent a second day in Wales
  • It started the day at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant
  • The first Commonwealth Games 50p coin has been struck
  • One of the baton bearers also carried it at the 1958 Cardiff Games
  • Only Boys Aloud performed for the crowd in Aberdare Park
  • Over 1,000 people greeted the baton at Llandrindod Wells

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    Good morning. Welcome to the start of the second day of our coverage of the Queen's Baton Relay. The event starts at about 07:00 BST from the Royal Mint at Llantrisant. Please send us your pictures of the baton via email, Twitter and Facebook.


    The baton has arrived at the Royal Mint. It will be carried here by six workers from the mint and Rhys Williams, current European 400m hurdles champion.


    Mint worker Lorna Warner said: "I've worked here at the Royal Mint for 20 years but I'm originally from Glasgow where the Games are taking place so I wanted to come today to see the baton and be a little part of the Games."


    By the way, here is today's route and a glimpse of the Commonwealth Games 50p coin, the first of which will be struck this morning.


    There's a blue sky morning over Llantrisant which is in stark contrast to yesterday's opening relay events. Forecasters say it could be unsettled today.

    Blue sky

    They're off! Today's relay is underway with members of staff at the Royal Mint carrying the baton.

    Baton relay

    BBC Wales' Stephen Fairclough tweets: And the #batonrelay is underway again. First bearer of the day at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant

    Baton bearer

    BBC Wales' Steven Fairclough tweets: First time on the relay we've seem some of the bearers running.

    07:48: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    "The baton made a series of laps around the Royal Mint carried by staff while a small crowd of family, friends and co-workers cheered loudly.

    "The baton is now being taken inside the mint where Rhys Williams will strike the first Commonwealth Games 50p coin."


    The Royal Mint tweets a film of the first baton bearer: The baton relay has arrived at the mint #glasgow2014 #batonrelay

    08:03: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    Rhys Williams has pressed the button to strike the first 50p coin


    Wales 400m hurdler Rhys Williams said: "Awareness of the Games is really kicking off and I hope this is the build up to a great Glasgow 2014. This is a springboard for people to take up sport."


    Minted! Here's the first batch of special 50p coins being pressed at the Royal Mint.


    Coin production manager Gavin Elliott says the Royal Mint will make five million commemorative 50p coins which are due to be in circulation in time for the Games.


    Mint trade marketing manager Katherine Hughes said: "It was a real honour to carry the baton and to do this with colleagues from the Royal Mint."

    Katherine Hughes with others

    If you're planning on going to see the baton today in Aberdare or Llandrindod Wells, you might want to bring a brolly with you. Watch the latest weather forecast.


    Watch the video of Rhys Williams starting the production of the special 50p coins.

    Rhys Williams
    08:54: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    "Time for breakfast. The Royal Mint have brought out bacon sandwiches and coffee for the baton relay team. Next stop is a photo opportunity at Rhondda Heritage Park."


    Stephen Fairclough tweets: And here's the money #Batonrelay


    The Queen's Baton Relay team tweets: The Batonbearers arguably out ran @rhys400h this morning! @RoyalMintUK @TeamWales #batonrelay #QBRCymru14


    The baton has arrived in Rhondda Heritage Park and is under the watchful eyes of officers from South Wales Police.

    Police officers with baton

    Former Commonwealth sprint cyclist John Dyer competed for Wales in the 1966 Games in Kingston, Jamaica, and said carrying the baton was "a wonderful experience".

    The 79-year-old added: "I never thought I'd be asked to be part of such an important occasion. It brings back memories of my own time as an athlete - very few people from Rhondda get to represent their country so I'm very proud."

    John Dyer

    The baton has left Rhondda Heritage Park - next stop Dare Valley Country Park near Aberdare.


    Among the baton bearers today is Norman Richards, 74, from Tonyrefail, who first carried it before the 1958 Cardiff Games.

    Norman Richards

    Commonwealth gold and silver medal-winning weightlifter Michaela Breeze tweets: Queens Baton relay comes to Aberdare today. Who's coming out in the rain to watch me carry it?! 11am in Cwmdare. #thegamesarecoming

    09:58: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    The baton has arrived at Dare Valley Park. First up we'll have some speeches from local VIPs before another relay gets under way at 11:00 BST. Bearers on this leg of the journey include Sara Head who won bronze at table tennis in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.


    Carmarthenshire council tweets: 2 days to go before the #QBR arrives in #Carmarthenshire #TurnUpTakePart


    Norman Richards is pictured here with the baton alongside Paralympic athlete Rhys Jones.

    Rhys Jones and Norman Richards

    Recounting the first time he carried the baton in 1958, Mr Richards said: "It was a magnificent experience. There were hundreds in the streets, waving flags and shouting. The Queen's Baton Relay has a very special place in my heart."

    Sprinter Rhys Jones was asked about his experiences at London 2012 Paralympic Games. He said: "It was my first major games so it was like being chucked in the deep end. My parents were more nervous than me though."


    Rhondda Cynon Taf mayor John Watts said: "It's a privilege to have the QBR travelling through Rhondda Cynon Taf. It's a special place with special people. Sport is a hugely positive thing in our society and I hope young people will be inspired by this event to take part in sport here in our area."


    Rhondda Cynon Taf councillor Robert Bevan, a member of the council's leisure and tourism cabinet, said: "The baton has visited many exotic destinations over the last few months so it's no wonder the organisers chose Rhondda Cynon Taf for the next leg. However, they decided to visit during our rainy season which we all know runs from January to December."


    BBC Wales' Paul Heaney tweets: Required camera attire for the Queen's Baton Relay today in Aberdare

    Camera Under cover... all-weather protection for Paul's camera

    Welsh Athletics tweets: Come down to Aberdare Park for the Queens Baton Relay today! Take part in our athletics challenges!

    10:53: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    The baton has left Dare Valley Park and is on its way into Aberdare itself for the relay.


    If you're going to see the baton today, please send us your pictures and messages. You can use email, Twitter and Facebook to get in touch.


    Brollies and raincoats: The rain is here as forecast, but a hardy crowd of about 60 gathered in Aberdare for the arrival of the baton.

    People in Aberdare
    11:17: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    Rain seems to have affected turnout but baton bearer Michaela Breeze took time out to pose for photos.

    Michael Breeze and people in Aberdare Rain did not dampen everyone's spirits

    Asked whether she was disappointed by the turnout, the weightlifter said: "Well, it's part and parcel of it with the weather. Hopefully, the sun will come out and there'll be a crowd waiting for us at Aberdare park."


    All quiet on the streets as the baton is being walked to Aberdare Park where two relays are due to take place at about 11:30 BST and 14:30 BST.

    Baton in Aberdare

    BBC Wales' Cemlyn Davies tweets: .@onlyboysaloud rehearsing Calon Lan in Aberdare Park ahead of the baton's arrival.

    Only Boys Aloud
    Steffan Messenger BBC News

    The baton was carried for a mile and a half or so from Cwmdare primary school to Aberdare Park through residential streets. There were small crowds gathered on street corners to cheer the bearers on. Families also stood on their doorsteps and were given flags to wave by the Glasgow 2014 team.


    Earlier, we showed you European 400m hurdles champion Rhys Williams press the buttons to start striking the special Commonwealth Games 50p coins. Here is the finished product.

    Commonwealth coins

    Aberdare resident Sandra Glover said: "It's fantastic, especially as they came through our street. Lots of people here are elderly and can't get down to the main road. It's nice for them just to stand on their doorsteps and wave as it goes past."


    Baton bearers in Aberdare included Commonwealth Games bronze medal table tennis player and coach Stephen Jenkins and triathlete Gerwyn Davies, who competed for Wales in the 1990 Games.

    Baton bearers Stephen Jenkins and Gerwyn Davies

    BBC Wales' Jason Phelps tweets: The sound of samba welcomes the Queen's Baton to Aberdare Park! More on @BBCRadioWales with @JamieOwenBBC later.

    Drummers in Aberdare Park

    BBC Wales' Cemlyn Davies tweets: Paralympic gold medallist Nyree Kindred handing over the Queen's baton to Games mascot Clyde in Aberdare Park.

    Nyree Kindred handing over the Queen's baton to the Games' mascot, Clyde

    The Only Boys Aloud choir is about to perform on the stage at Aberdare Park. It may have been quiet on the streets but the park appears to be where the party is.

    Aberdare Park

    Clyde the Glasgow 2014 mascot has just brought the Queen's baton on to the stage at the Aberdare Festival. Big cheers from the crowd. Michaela Breeze is now on stage telling crowd that putting on a Wales vest "means much more to me than putting on a GB shirt". "The Commonwealth Games are so important thanks for all your support," she said.


    Powys County Council tweets: #QueensBatonRelay comes to Llandrindod lake today on its journey across Wales, why not join us? #QBR #Glasgow2014


    Here's Only Boys Aloud on stage performing for a rather damp crowd.

    Only Boys Aloud

    Caught on camera: Watch this video of the sights and sounds in Aberdare Park as the Queen's baton arrives.


    Peter Thomas from Aberdare said: "The weather's a bit of a downer but they've put on a good show anyway. The only thing is we haven't managed to see the baton yet. We're on our way to find it."

    Small crowd at Aberdare Festival

    The party's still going on in the rain at Aberdare Park for the next couple of hours before the baton heads to Llandrindod Wells for around 17:15 BST. When it arrives, it will be taken around the town's lake. You can also have a go at various sports on the common.


    @bethanndyke tweets: Lovely morning at Aberdare park for the Commonwealth baton relay well done @carlylewis1 @WelshNetball !!

    Aberdare Park baton bearer

    Bronze medallist Stephen Jenkins tweets: Selfie at Aberdare festival. Amazing feeling holding the baton and seeing so many people walesTT @TeamWales

    Stephen Jenkins

    This is what the fuss is all about - the 2014 Queen's baton. It heads to Llandrindod Wells later before spending Monday at the Urdd Eisteddfod. It's in Wales for a total of seven days.

    Queen's baton

    Here's a lovely picture from earlier today of former miner and tour guide Graham Williams holding the baton at Rhondda Heritage Park in Trehafod near Pontypridd.

    Graham Williams

    Helen Richards tweets: Met the lovely @Iwanrunner at the baton relay in aberdare park - a real gent @lis24806696 @siany_jen

    Helen Richards and Iwan Thomas

    Lisa and Geraint Dickson, from Aberdare, said: "It's an honour to see the baton. Looking at the crowd it's obvious the weather has put people off but lots had still turned out which is great. We've loved seeing Only Boys Aloud."


    It's time to hand the baton over here in the office. David Dulin and Nick Bourne are signing off and you'll be left in the capable hands of Kevin Leonard and Natalie Crockett for the rest of today's relay. Reporter Steffan Messenger is heading to Llandrindod Wells to follow the baton there.


    Ben Hearnden tweets: Congrats to my cousin @PhilippaClare who's carrying the baton for the queen's commonwealth relay Today!!!


    A quick reminder that the Queen's Baton Relay is the main curtain raiser for the Commonwealth Games, which are being held in Glasgow between 23 July and 3 August. The relay tradition actually started in Cardiff before the 1958 Games.


    BBC reporter Cemlyn Davies couldn't resist having his picture taken in Aberdare with Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde.

    Clyde and Cemlyn Davies

    Ros and Steve Davies, of Rhigos, said: "It's lovely to have things coming to the valleys - it's fab. And it was great to see Jason Mohammad, he's a legend! And this is our one and only chance of seeing the baton."


    Pictures with Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Iwan Thomas are proving popular in Aberdare. BBC Wales Today's Claire Summers tweets: With @Iwanrunner in Aberdare welcoming the queens baton relay!!!!!

    Iwan Thomas and Claire Summers

    Watch a video of double Paralympic powerlifting champion Emma Brown talking about her pride at carrying the baton in Aberdare.

    Emma Brown

    Our reporter Steffan Messenger has arrived in Llandrindod Wells ahead of the baton. We'll bring you the build up there to the baton's arrival at around 17:10 BST.


    The Brecon and Radnor Express tweets: The fun's just getting started in Llandrindod ahead of the #QueensBatonRelay arriving Queen's Baton on its way to Powys


    The baton has now left Aberdare and is heading to Llandrindod Wells, its last stop of the day.


    Powys council tweets: We are gearing up to receive the #QBRCymru14 later today in Llandrindod. Not letting the rain put us off :) Join us!

    15:35: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    The baton's now on its way to Llandrindod Wells where the relay will be carried in laps around the town's famous lake. It is POURING with rain here but there's a crowd gathering in anticipation.


    Councillor Garry Price from Llandrindod, a former mayor, said: "The rain is not doing us any favours but the spirits are high here and we're expecting more people as the baton approaches."


    Martha Duggan, 10, has made her own baton at Llandrindod Wells. "I'm really excited to see the real baton very soon," she said.

    Martha Duggan

    Well, we can't pretend the sun's out in Llandrindod but that's not bothering Lily, Ollie, Matthew and Rose who appear to rather like the mud.

    Mud in Llandrindod

    Lucie Richards tweets: Queens baton relay #commonwealthgames

    Jenson Richards and Louie Richards

    Jenson, eight, and Louie Price, seven, grabbed a chance to hold the baton earlier today in Aberdare after their great uncle Stephen Richards took part in the relay.

    16:06: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    There have been some very heavy showers here in Llandrindod Wells, the worst conditions so far. But in between the downpours there's a great atmosphere. There are stalls lining the road to the lake, a brass band playing and the smell of a barbecue in the air. Local children are taking part in a range of different sports. Badges are being handed out saying "I saw the baton in Llandrindod Wells". It's expected here at around 17:00 BST.


    And these are the badges that Steffan is talking about. Unfortunately they're not big enough to put above your head to keep the rain off...

    Badge commemorating baton relay in Llandrindod Wells

    Baton bearers in Llandrindod are expected to include Kirsty Wade, the triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist middle distance runner.


    Jan Swindale, Llandrindod Wells town crier, said: "It's a one-off opportunity we have to greet the baton. We're putting Llandrindod Wells on the map. Did you know it's officially the happiest town in Wales?"

    Jan Swindale

    BBC presenter Jason Mohammad tweets: Great time at Aberdare Festival to welcome QBR. Took a suit. Reality - boots & rain jacket. We all still smiling! @whatsonrct @RCTCouncil

    16:32: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    It's here! The baton has arrived in a soggy Llandrindod Wells.


    BBC Wales' Jason Phelps tweets: Some enjoyed the weather more than others at Aberdare Park! #batonrelay

    Aberdare Park

    Elaine Worgan, mayor of Llandrindod Wells, said: "It's an absolutely fantastic day for the town and a fantastic turnout. It's great to see the community pull together to support this."

    16:43: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    A couple of hundred people are lining the lake waiting for Kirsty Wade and the baton - it hasn't appeared yet.‏


    Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning athlete Iwan Thomas, who will carry the baton in Bala tomorrow, told BBC Wales: "So proud to be part of this - the Commonwealth Games are so special and I was always really excited to put on a red vest."


    Here's the scene as the crowd await the baton before it's taken around the lake.

    Llandrindod Wells

    There's a slight delay in the relay around the lake due to heavy showers. The weather is doing the baton no favours in Wales so far.


    Not too much of a delay as it turns out. Former middle distance runner Kirsty Wade is coming around the lake with the baton.

    17:15: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    Huge cheers greet Kirsty Wade as she comes around the lake. She says she's overwhelmed so many people have turned out. She has run around the lake many times in training so it's great for her to now carry the baton here.


    Kirsty Wade is choosing to run with the baton which is presenting a problem for photographers as they struggle to keep up!


    Our reporters estimate around 1,000 people have turned out in Llandrindod to see the baton.


    And here's a picture of Kirsty Wade with the baton.

    Kirsty Wade

    The rotten weather doesn't appear to have dampened the spirits too much in Llandrindod.

    Llandrindod Wells

    The relay is doing a second lap of the lake now.

    Baton bearers

    Michelle Gibbs tweets: Very proud of #coachedwards @tracedwards carrying the baton in today's #queensbatonrelay @janicej94 @Evans73

    17:37: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    We've done one lap of the lake. We're now doing another but this time the whole crowd is joining in. A drumming band is leading a procession with the baton in front. As the heavens open once again...


    The baton is still heading around the lake to cheering crowds.

    Baton bearers

    BBC Wales' Cemlyn Davies tweets: An excellent turnout in Llandrindod Wells for the baton this evening. Everyone having a great time.

    Baton bearers
    18:06: Steffan Messenger BBC News

    Well as fast as they appeared the crowds have dispersed as it started to well and truly pour with rain. People squelched towards their cars in thick mud. A queue of hardy souls are waiting patiently outside a marquee to have their picture taken with the baton. Despite the challenging conditions, Llandrindod Wells put on a very good show - over 1,000 people turned out to see the baton and cheer it on its way. The baton is off to the Urdd Eisteddfod in Bala tomorrow.


    That's about it for our coverage today then. It's been another wet day so let's hope for better weather at the Urdd Eisteddfod. Join us for more live coverage tomorrow. Good night.


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