Council to host the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay at Theatr Clwyd
2018 Commonwealth Games Baton will visit the county in September as part of its
388 day journey to the Gold Coast Games in Queensland, Australia
The Commonwealth Games Baton will visit Flintshire on Thursday 7 September 2017
for an event at Theatr Clwyd, as part of a three day Welsh itinerary visiting.
During the 388 day journey, the baton, carried by a relay of runners, will
visit every part of the commonwealth before arriving at its final destination,
the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast City on 4
Theatr Clwyd will be the only theatre visited on the Welsh leg of its journey,
which includes landmark destinations ranging from The Royal Mint in Llantrisant
to Zip World in Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Baton will arrive at the theatre in the
late afternoon to be welcomed by local school students, Flintshire residents
and civic leaders.
Flintshire County Council Chief Executive, Colin Everett, said:
“We are proud to have such an iconic theatre in our County and to be recognised
as a host of the Queen’s Baton is a true honour and we look forward to the
celebrations in September.”
The Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay can be considered a Welsh
innovation: it began at the Cardiff Commonwealth Games of 1958 when runners
carried it through all thirteen Welsh counties. Since the 2006 Melbourne Games
it has visited every territory within the Commonwealth as a visual celebration
of the unity and diversity of its nations. The Baton carries a message from Her
Majesty The Queen to Games athletes, which is read at the Opening Ceremony.
Liam Evans-Ford, Theatr Clwyd’s Executive Director, said As one of the largest
producing theatres in the country Theatr Clwyd is proud to welcome the
Commonwealth Games Baton. It represents the diversity of national cultures and
their artistic traditions which we connect with through our wide range of
performances and screenings and the rich variety of stories they tell.”
The Theatre is co-funded by Flintshire County Council and the Arts Council of
Wales, and is the premier production company in Wales.