Where to see the Queen's Baton on its journey through Newport
Posted on Monday 4th September 2017
The Queen’s Baton relay arrives in Newport on Wednesday, 6 September when it will be paraded through the streets of the city.
The event is part of a four day visit to Wales by the Queen’s Baton ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Newport City Council, along with Newport Live and Newport BID, is hosting the parade during the morning.
The Baton starts its journey at 8am when eight pupils from St Andrews Primary will meet Baton bearers identical twins Michael and David Knight and Welsh actor Gareth David-Lloyd to walk down Stephenson Street to the Transporter Bridge.
From there the Baton will be taken across the river on the Gondola where it will be met by the Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Debbie Wilcox, the mayor Councillor David Fouweather and members of the cabinet.
Once across the river the Baton will be met by pupils from Pillgwenlly Primary School who will travel with the Baton by car to their school for a special assembly based on the history of the Commonwealth Games.
After this private event the Baton will commence its journey through the city starting from the school in Capel Crescent around 9am.
Baton bearers will each be accompanied by sports development officers from Newport Live.
Gwent Police will be in charge of the rolling road closures needed as the Baton crosses traffic so we would ask motorists to please have patience on the day if they are held up.
The route takes in Capel Crescent, Commercial Road, crossing Cardiff Road onto Commercial Street to its junction with Corn Street, Upper Dock Street by the Potters then Friars Walk Mall into John Frost Square.
More than 150 pupils from Crindau, Maindee, Pillgwenlly, St Andrews and St Woolos schools will be in the square to welcome the Baton which will be on a podium with Gareth David-Lloyd and here will be the chance for the public to take photographs and see the Baton close up.
There will also be street entertainment including a choir, stilt walkers and free style football provided by Newport BID.
The pupils will then try their hand at a variety of sports in mini Commonwealth Games taster sessions at the Newport Centre .
The Baton is due to leave the city at 11.30am then go onto its next leg at Monmouth.