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Olympian hails Alnwick’s Royal baton-relay honour

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Laura Weightman of Great Britain competes in the Women's 1500m Semifinals on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Laura Weightman of Great Britain competes in the Women's 1500m Semifinals on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Olympic athlete Laura Weightman has described Alnwick’s upcoming taste of the Commonwealth Games as both brilliant and inspirational.

This June, the Queen’s Baton Relay – the traditional curtain-raiser to the sporting spectacle – will finish its journey through England with a stop at the town’s castle.

As part of its visit, there will be a ticket-only evening event, one of just 14 in the country, and the only one north of Leeds.

This honour comes hot on the heels of the town welcoming the Olympic Torch in the build-up to London 2012.

And Weightman, from Lesbury, thinks it will be another proud moment for Alnwick.

“It is absolutely fantastic, especially coming on the back of having the Torch Relay through Alnwick for the Olympics,” said the 22-year-old, who has her eyes firmly set on sealing a spot at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“It raises the profile of the event and people can see what it is all about. Hopefully it will inspire more people,” added the London 2012 Olympic 1500m finalist.

To celebrate the baton’s Friday, June 13, stay in Alnwick, hundreds of schoolchildren will be invited to the castle to take part in a series of sports – both modern and traditional – to symbolise the region’s sporting heritage.

The ticket-only event that evening will also give thousands of people a chance to see the baton on stage and enjoy music, dance and a taste of the Commonwealth.

Details of the event will be announced nearer the time.

There will also be a small number of batonbearers, specially chosen for their contribution to sport in the community. More information about the batonbearers at each event will be announced in the spring.

 

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