As it happened: Queen's Baton Relay in Wales day five

Key points

  • Baton started day five in Wales with a visit to St Davids Cathedral
  • It was blessed at the cathedral
  • The relay was cheered on by crowds at Cardigan and Aberaeron
  • A relay took place along Aberystwyth promenade
  • Machynlleth was the final stop of the day
  • The relay was greeted by sunshine

Live text


  • Steffan Messenger 
  • George Herd 
  • Gemma Ryall 

Last updated 28 May 2014


Good morning and welcome to the start of the fifth day of our coverage of the Queen's Baton Relay. The baton is starting the day in south west Wales at St Davids before heading to Cardigan, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth and Machynlleth. Please send us your pictures of the baton via email, Twitter and Facebook.


The baton has just arrived in St Davids. It will be blessed by the Right Reverend Wyn Evans, Bishop of St Davids.

The Rt Rev Wynne Evans

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Steffan Messenger, BBC News

It's a misty start to the day in St Davids. But it's dry at least. There's more in the way of crowd control than crowds at the moment! Sixteen bearers - mostly school pupils from the area - will carry the baton from the cathedral through the town to the local primary school.

St Davids Cathedral

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The Rt Rev Wyn Evans said: "It's an honour to be involved with the baton - it's a symbol of unity across the world. We're familiar with pilgrimages in St Davids and this relay is in itself a sort of pilgrimage. It will be a musical welcome for the baton - with hand bells and our cathedral choir. We're very much looking forward to it."


The Western Telegraph tweets: Bit foggy in St David's this morning for the Baton Relay but excitement building.


The baton bearers are in place. They are Holly Davies and Chloe Brown. Holly said she was very excited but "very shaky and nervous". Chloe added: "I feel really honoured - it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

First baton bearers


Here is today's baton relay route. Weather forecast coming up.

Baton route


According to the Met Office - it's something of a mixed bag weather wise for day five of the baton relay. Staying mostly bright with only a spot of rain later in the day for south-west Wales. Growing increasingly cloudy through Powys with light rain as the morning moves on, becoming more persistent later. Nothing we're not used to in Wales - so pack you brolly, and enjoy the day.


Cemlyn Davies tweets: The Queen's baton has arrived at St David's Cathedral to be blessed.

St Davids

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Steffan Messenger, BBC News

The baton has been blessed at the door to St Davids Cathedral. The cathedral choir is now performing for the crowd of some 500 people who have come out early to see the relay.

St Davids Cathedral