City welcomes Queen's Baton Relay
Posted on Thursday 10th August 2017
Newport is gearing up to play its part in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Commonwealth’s Gold Coast Games in 2018.
As part of the worldwide celebrations in the lead up to the Games the Baton will visit a total of 71 nations and territories over a period of 388 days.
And it will be welcomed to Newport on the morning of Wednesday, 6 September.
A team of baton bearers have been selected to carry the Baton on a special route through the city taking in along the way the Transporter Bridge, John Frost Square and the Newport Centre.
The aim is to give as many people as possible the chance to see the Baton as part of the celebrations.
The event is being hosted by Newport City Council in partnership with Newport Live and Newport BID.
Gwent Police will operate a rolling road closure around the Baton’s journey through Newport once it leaves Coronation Park at around 8am.
From there the Baton will be taken to the Transporter Bridge to be met by the Leader of the Council Councillor Debbie Wilcox and members of the Cabinet.
The Baton will then continue its journey by car to Pillgwenlly Primary for a special private Commonwealth Games themed assembly
From the school the Baton bearers start at Capel Crescent and continue along Commercial Road onto Commercial Street (this is closed from 8am until 10am) then onto Corn Street.
It will then turn on to Upper Dock Street, Friars Walk Mall and on to John Frost Square where the Baton can be seen by the public for around 45 minutes.
The Baton’s journey ends at Newport Centre where a mini Commonwealth Games will take place involving pupils from five primary schools across the city.
The Baton will then leave Newport for the next stage of its journey to Monmouth, Llantrisant and Pontypridd on the same day.
Keep up to date with the event by visiting www.newport.gov.uk/batonrelay