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A taste of Commonwealth comes to town next month

Kath Nisbet, Northumberland County Council Civic Head, Northumberland County Council Leader Grant Davey and Jane, Duchess of Northumberland with the Commonwealth flag in the library at Alnwick Castle.

Kath Nisbet, Northumberland County Council Civic Head, Northumberland County Council Leader Grant Davey and Jane, Duchess of Northumberland with the Commonwealth flag in the library at Alnwick Castle.

Tickets for a special event in Alnwick to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay – its last stop in England – will be available from noon on Friday.

In the week which saw the Relay, the traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games, arrive in the UK, more details have been announced for its day in the town, on Friday, June 13.

From 5pm to 8pm, Alnwick Castle has been gifted as a venue by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland to host a celebration of the journey of the baton, marking its passing through Northumberland to the host nation before the Glasgow Games begin in July.

The Alnwick event has been organised by Northumberland County Council and residents in the county will have the opportunity to attend the event for free by applying for tickets from noon on Friday.

This will be the only opportunity to see the Commonwealth baton in Northumberland and prior to the start of the staged event, there will be a chance for people to have their photo taken with the baton.

The ceremony will take place in the Outer Bailey of the Castle.

A dynamic programme of live music, video footage and interviews will be weaved together in a special ceremony marking the presentation of the baton from Commonwealth Games England to the Commonwealth Games Federation.

The event will celebrate the 71 countries and territories the baton will have travelled across, while also focusing on the varied and vibrant sporting activities and locations in Northumberland.

The baton contains a special message from The Queen to the Commonwealth, hidden inside until it is read out at the opening ceremony.

The Commonwealth theme will also be reflected in the variety of food and drink that can be bought at the event.

Tickets, up to six per person, will be available via the county council website from noon on Friday.

 

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