GAZETTE COMMENT: Community has another chance in the spotlight

Children with the Queen's Baton at the Batik Centre Mtandire, near Lilongwe, Malawi.
Children with the Queen's Baton at the Batik Centre Mtandire, near Lilongwe, Malawi.

This summer will see Alnwick, and north Northumberland as a whole, get another chance to appear under the gaze of eyes from around the globe.

Following a number of high-profile events in the town over the last few years, including the visit of the Queen, the wedding of Lady Melissa and, of course, the overnight stop as part of the Olympic Torch Relay, this summer sees the arrival of the Queen’s Baton as part of the build-up to the Commonwealth Games.

It promises to be another great event for the community, involving schoolchildren, the chance to take part in sports, an evening event with music and an opportunity for local residents who have contributed to sport in the area to be batonbearers.

But beyond those who are involved directly or as spectators, it offers another occasion for the profile of Alnwick to be raised even further and will help to boost tourism and other businesses linked to the visitor economy.

The town can once again be involved in a major sporting event and feel part of something much larger.