Queen's Baton Relay leaves Wales after busy week

  • 30 May 2014
  • From the section Wales
Richard Parks hands the baton to Anne Ellis, president of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales
Image caption Rugby player turned adventurer Richard Parks was the final bearer in Wales

The Queen's baton has completed its final day in Wales after a week which has seen it scale Snowdon, visit Dylan Thomas's boathouse and attract crowds.

Day seven started when the baton was welcomed at the official opening of Rhyl harbour in Denbighshire.

It then visited a bike track and has been taken to the summit of Moel Famau in Flintshire.

Wales then bid the baton farewell as it headed back to England and onto the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

After joining in the festivities at Rhyl harbour on Friday morning, baton bearers carried it on foot to Rhyl Marsh Tracks, where there are several bike tracks.

The relay then headed off to neighbouring Prestatyn.

Moel Famau country park was the next stop and walking groups have taken it to the peak with runners bringing it down again.

Finally, the baton took part in a handover ceremony at Coed Llandegla Forest in Denbighshire before heading back over the border.

The baton bearers included table tennis twins, Angharad and Megan Phillips, from Denbighshire, who represented Wales at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Image caption The Queen's baton was carried to the top of Snowdon by members of a local running club
Image caption The Right Reverend Wyn Evans blessed the baton in the grounds of St Davids Cathedral
Image caption Young people carried the baton around the harbour in Aberaeron
Image caption Actor Julian Lewis Jones in Laugharne with the Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde
Image caption The baton being taken to the summit of Moel Famau on horseback

It was the end to a busy week for the baton and its 177 bearers, who have carried it around the south Wales valleys, Powys, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and across north Wales.

Highlights have included a visit to Dylan Thomas's boathouse in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, where it helped mark the centenary of the poet's birth.

It was also blessed at St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, travelled by boat along the Menai Strait and was carried to the summit of Snowdon.

Along the way it has been carried by celebrities including Team Sky cycling chief Sir Dave Brailsford, former Olympic runner Iwan Thomas, Welsh opera star Wynne Evans and The One Show's Alex Jones.

Dozens of people were also chosen for their dedication to sport, Wales or their community.

The baton travelled 731 miles (1,176km) across Wales over the seven days.

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

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