The spotlight is well and truly on Alnwick now as the Queen’s Baton Relay has reached the final stop of its journey across the Commonwealth.
The Baton arrived at Alnwick Castle around noon today and the four Batonbearers – Shannon Tyler and Les Welsh, from Blyth, Zac Allin, from Prudhoe, and Paralympian Stephen Miller, from Cramlington – carried it up to meet the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.
It was welcomed by a crowd of cheering, flag-waving schoolchildren, who have been taking part in a variety of sports.
Alnwick Castle, by kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, is hosting a celebration of the baton’s journey later today, marking its passing through Northumberland through to the host nation, Scotland. The Queen’s Baton Relay is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games, which start on July 23 in Glasgow. Alnwick is one of less than 20 places within England to have the honour of receiving the Relay.
For a full round-up of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Alnwick, see next Thursday’s Northumberland Gazette.