Hundreds of people gathered at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd, home of the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, to welcome the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.

Ten specially-chosen baton bearers from around the County Borough, joined by Welsh personality Wynne Evans, took part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay during its time in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

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Her Majesty The Queen set the Gold Coast 2018 Queen's Baton Relay in motion in March 2017 and hundreds of well-wishers greeted it during its lap around Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.

It stopped briefly at the historic bandstand, where Wynne Evans led the singing of the Welsh National Anthem, accompanied by Cor Meibion Pontypridd, in the shadows of the Evan James and James James Memorial.

Dedicated to the composers of the Welsh National Anthem, the statue proudly stands in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.

The Queen’s Baton Relay, on its 388-day journey around the Commonwealth countries,   left the Bandstand and made its way to the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty.

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 Queen’s Baton Relay was carried by 10 young ambassadors from the locality.

Cllr Maureen Webber, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, said: “Hundreds of people turned out to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to Rhondda Cynon Taf, four years on from its previous visit.

“There was an amazing atmosphere around Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, with people of all ages getting up close to the iconic Queen’s Baton, which has already passed through so many pairs of hands on its journey around the Commonwealth .

“This has been a huge honour for our County Borough and has also helped us showcase our wonderful Ynysangharad War Memorial Park which is home to the National Lido of Wales.”

As well as the Queen’s Baton Relay, the Council’s Sport RCT also set up a sports village in the park, allowing people to participate in a variety of sports.

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 gives everyone that can't make it to the Gold Coast a chance to be involved in an unforgettable experience.”
Posted on Thursday 7th September 2017

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