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Commonwealth Games: Baton relay's final day in Wales

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Media captionThe baton was taken on the zip wire ride as part of the tour's final day in Wales

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's baton has been taken on a zip wire ride as part of the final day in Wales.

The baton was carried by BBC Radio Cymru's Aled Hughes down the 2,000m line in Blaenau Ffestiniog.

It was the second stop for the relay, which is taking in Dolwyddelan in Conwy county, as well as Dolgellau, Beddgelert and Pwllheli in Gwynedd.

Other baton carriers include Gerald Williams, nephew of World War One poet Hedd Wyn.

It is also making a stop at the Italianate village of Portmeirion, where cancer campaigner and frontman of the Welsh rock band The Alarm, Mike Peters, will carry the baton alongside his wife Jules as Festival No.6 gets under way.

It will finish the day being carried out to sea by Paralympic sailor and ice sledge hockey player Steve Thomas before being handed to fellow sailor Dan Whiteley at the national sailing academy of Plas Heli in Pwllheli.

Image caption In 2012, Gerald Williams received an MBE for an "exceptional contribution" to heritage

The baton began its tour through Wales on Tuesday and heads to Guernsey next.

By the end of Friday, more than 130 people will have helped carry the baton during the Welsh relay leg.

It will cover 200,000 miles (321,868km) in total before arriving in Australia's Gold Coast for the games in April.

Commonwealth Games Wales chairwoman, Helen Phillips said: "The festivities that have been held across Wales are a true reflection of what the Queen's Baton Relay is all about - bringing communities together with pride to celebrate the Commonwealth's diversity and create excitement ahead of the Gold Coast Games next year."

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