Welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay in Pembrokeshire on July 1

By Paul Evans   |   Content editor   |
Friday 24th June 2022 12:45 pm
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Team Wales member Ysie White from Whitland, who plays bowls for Tenby, will also meet the Baton. (Stock image )

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Pembrokeshire residents are invited to be part of a big welcome for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday, July 1.

The best place to view the Baton will be Goodwick Parrog as the baton arrives by Sea Cadets boat from Fishguard Lower Town.

The Baton will be welcomed at Goodwick at 10.50am by Jemima Nicholas (Kay Evans) as part of the celebrations to mark the 225th anniversary of the last invasion of Britain.

Team Wales member Ysie White from Whitland, who plays bowls for Tenby, will also meet the Baton.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ysie will play in the triples and fours events alongside fellow Team Wales bowlers after making the 2022 Commonwealth Games squad who will play from Friday, July 29 to Saturday, August 6 at Victoria Park at Leamington Spa.

Ysie who has been capped for Wales internationally, and earned a gold medal in the rink of the 2019 Atlantic Rim championships, said that she was ‘honoured’ to be called up by her country.

She said: “It will be an honour to represent Pembrokeshire and Wales at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and I am looking forward to welcoming the Baton on its way to the Games.

“I hope lots of young people are inspired to take up and enjoy sports and possibly go on and represent Wales in future Commonwealth Games.”

Clr. Rhys Sinnett, Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “We are so looking forward to welcoming the Baton on Friday, July 1.

“We would encourage members of the public to join us at Goodwick Parrog as this is the most spacious of the venues the Baton is visiting.

“There will be plenty of opportunities to see the Baton as it is carried along the Parrog by local Batonbearers and then transported towards Ysgol Bro Gwaun.

“We look forward to showing off some beautiful parts of north Pembrokeshire and doing our part to highlight the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and underlining the important role that sport and keeping active has on all our lives.”

After being carried along the Parrog by local Batonbearers, the Baton will be transported by Army vehicle towards Ysgol Bro Gwaun where another relay will take place, providing the public more opportunities to watch.

Beginning near the artificial pitch close to Fishguard Leisure Centre, the Baton will pass from Batonbearer to Batonbearer and finish at the school.

The school has further events planned on the theme of the Commonwealth and an attempt to beat the world record for the number of consecutive rugby passes.

Please note that the events in Ysgol Bro Gwaun are not open to the public.

Before arriving at Goodwick, the Baton will have travelled back thousands of years in time at Castell Henllys Iron Age village.

In a relay not open to the public, pupils from Eglwyswrw School will have had the honour of carrying the Baton and passing it to Village Chief Liz Moore.

While the Baton heads to Lower Town Fishguard, Castell Henllys will continue the sporting theme of the Games with Iron Age sporting activities to follow the event.

The Baton will arrive in Fishguard Lower Town at 10.15 am.

Space is extremely limited around the Harbour and anyone planning to view the Baton is asked to consider watching at Goodwick Parrog.

At Lower Town members of Fishguard Sea Cadets will pass the Baton along the Harbour.

Weather and sea conditions permitting, the Baton will go aboard a Fishguard Sea Cadets boat to travel around the breakwater into Goodwick for the final legs of the relay.

The schedule for the Baton’s time in Pembrokeshire is:

• Morning: Arrive at Castell Henllys to proceed through the Iron Age village, carried by Eglwyswrw School pupils (not open to the public)

• 10.15 am: Arrive at Lower Town Fishguard for relay along the Harbour before transfer by boat to Goodwick (please note limited space for spectators)

• 10.50 am Goodwick Parrog: Come face to face with Jemima’s Army who repelled the Last Invasion of Britain, followed with Baton relay across Goodwick Beach

• 11.30 am Relay into Ysgol Bro Gwaun where further activities are planned throughout the day (not open to the public) including a World record attempt at passing a rugby ball.

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