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Alnwick Commonwealth tickets snapped up

The Queen's Baton is transported by wooden canoe from Kavieng to Nusa island in Papua New Guinea.

The Queen's Baton is transported by wooden canoe from Kavieng to Nusa island in Papua New Guinea.

All of the tickets for the Queen’s Baton Relay event in Alnwick have been snapped up.

The free tickets for the event at Alnwick Castle on Friday, June 13, were gone within hours of being made available yesterday, despite the attraction’s website crashing due to demand.

They were due to be made available at noon, but a rush for tickets led to the website experiencing difficulties. The issue was fixed and the online ticket service was working by around 2.40pm.

The initial allocation of 2,000 were gone by mid-afternoon. A further 500 were released, but went soon after.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games, which take place in Glasgow this summer.

The event, which runs from 5pm to 8pm, 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 it.

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.

 

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