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Demand for Alnwick Commonwealth tickets crashes website

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.

Ticket orders for the Queen’s Baton Relay event in Alnwick are now working, after the website crashed earlier today.

Free tickets for the event at Alnwick Castle on Friday, June 13, were due to be available from noon on the Alnwick Castle website, but demand for the 2,000 tickets available led to the site experiencing difficulties.

However, in the last half-hour or so the website has been working again and it is possible to order tickets.

Residents can order up to six tickets each here.

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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