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Commonwealth Games: Bishop's blessing for Queen's baton

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Media captionThe baton was blessed at St Davids cathedral

The Queen's Baton Relay has been blessed by the Bishop of St Davids as part of its fifth day touring Wales.

The Right Reverend Wyn Evans did the honours in the grounds of St Davids Cathedral before it made its way up the bell tour.

The day has seen the baton travel from Pembrokeshire to the northern tip of Powys, ending in Machynlleth.

The relay is ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which start on 23 July.

From St Davids the baton headed up the coast and into Ceredigion, as it was paraded around Cardigan, before moving on again in Aberaeron.

Several hundred people swelled the streets, especially in Cardigan, as young ambassadors for sport in the county led the parade.

Image caption Sunshine and smiles for the young sporting ambassadors carrying the baton in Cardigan
Image caption Aberaeron, where the baton made its way around the town's harbour
Image caption Glasgow 2014 mascot Clyde has been along for the ride - enjoying himself in Aberystwyth

In Aberystwyth, the baton was again greeted by large crowds as it travelled the length of the promenade towards Constitution Hill and back again before setting off for its final destination of the day, Machynlleth's Georgian mansion Y Plas.

There the baton and its bearers were met with music, as Queen's 'We Will Rock You' blasted out.

Thursday marks day six of the relay in Wales, when it will be heading north into Gwynedd and Anglesey.

The day starts with runners carrying the baton the 3,500ft (1000m) up Snowdon - Wales' highest peak.

Later, the baton will be carried up the Menai Strait on boats - including with one celebratory baton bearer in the guise of BBC The One Show's Alex Jones.

The programme is broadcasting a special edition to mark the relay in Wales, as the baton arrives in Caernarfon on Thursday evening.

Image caption Wednesday's last stop - Y Plas in Machynlleth. The baton will find itself on Snowdon in the morning

BATON RELAY ROUTE IN WALES

•Day six: Llanberis, Beaumaris, Menai Strait, Caernarfon

•Day seven: Rhyl, Moel Famau, Ruthin, Llandegla

The baton will travel 731 miles (1,176km) in Wales over seven days visiting sights including the summit of Snowdon.

The baton tradition started before the 1958 Cardiff Games, and has taken place in some form before every Games since.

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