Ten specially-chosen baton bearers from the County Borough will take part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay when it arrives in Rhondda Cynon Taf next Wednesday.
Her Majesty The Queen set the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay in motion in March 2017 and it reaches Rhondda Cynon Taf on Wednesday, September 6.
It is set to arrive at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd – home of Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales – at 4pm as part of its 388-day journey around the Commonwealth countries.
It will be accepted formally by Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Margaret Tegg, and invited guests.
In total, the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay will cover 230,000 kilometres en route to its final destination, the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, on April 4, 2018.
The Council’s Ynysangharad War Memorial Park has been specifically chosen for its position as one of the area’s most historical parks. It is situated in close proximity to the train and bus stations, car parks, walking distance to Pontypridd town centre and situated just off the A470.
As part of its lap around the park, the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay will start at the tennis courts area at 4.15pm, visiting the famous bandstand within Ynysangharad War Memorial Park at approximately 4.25pm, where there will be a performance by Cor Meibion Pontypridd.
The Baton, which is being carried by 10 young ambassadors from the locality will then make its way to Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales, on the final leg of its journey in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Cllr Maureen Webber, Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Council Business, said:
“The last time the Queen’s Baton Relay came to our County Borough was in 2014, ahead of the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow the same year.
“Hundreds of people came to Aberdare Park to be a part of this historic occasion three years ago, and I hope record numbers will come along to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd on September 6 this year.
“This is a huge honour for our County Borough and to mark it, we have a packed programme of sporting activities and performances planned on the day. Please come along if you can and be a part of this special event.”
Chris Jenkins, Commonwealth Games Wales Chief Executive, said:
“Team Wales brings together all those competing or supporting our athletes to perform to their absolute best at the Commonwealth Games.
“This inclusive relay will give everyone that can’t make it to the Gold Coast a chance to be involved in an unforgettable experience.
“As the Baton travels through Wales, our aim is to celebrate our rich and diverse heritage, culture, language and landscape on an International stage.”
The Queen’s Commonwealth Games Baton Relay comes to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, on Wednesday, September 6, from 4pm onwards.