Commonwealth Games batonbearers announced for Alnwick

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.

Batonbearers who will carry the Queen’s baton when it arrives in Alnwick as part of the Commonwealth Games relay have been announced.

Young volunteer Shannon Tyler, 17, from Blyth, Zac Allin 16, an athlete from Prudhoe and paralympic athlete Stephen Miller, 34, from Cramlington are three of the team which will carry the baton in Alnwick on Friday, June 13.

Dame Kelly Holmes, President of Commonwealth Games England, said: “Our England Batonbearers are going to play a crucial part when the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in England on May 31st.

“They have all been selected due to their passion for sport and the way in which they share this with their communities and look to get people involved and active.

“I’m encouraging everyone in Alnwick to get involved when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Northumberland – find out what event is taking place and if you can be there then please go and cheer on your Batonbearers and be part of the Team England send-off to Glasgow!”

The Batonbearers will carry the baton to a variety of events and activities organised by Northumberland County Council.

Staged within the walls Alnwick Castle, the Queen’s Baton Relay events provide an opportunity for people from across the County to come together to celebrate the journey of the Baton through the Commonwealth in distinctive Northumbrian style.

Between 10am and 3pm around 500 schoolchildren will take part in a range of Commonwealth sports, learn about the Commonwealth Games and can even try their hand at Quidditch as seen in Harry Potter.

The evening show will take place in the surroundings of the castle between 6pm and 8pm.

The free-of-charge, ticketed show will take the audience on a journey through the six continents of the relay celebrating the Commonwealth and will feature live performances and a parade of Commonwealth flags.

The baton will have visited 63 of 70 Commonwealth nations and territories when it arrives in the British Isles on Sunday, May 10.

Landing in Jersey, the baton then journeys through Guernsey, Isle of Man, embarks on a four-day tour of Northern Ireland and then spends a week in Wales. It will arrive in England on May 31 to begin the penultimate leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Manchester, visiting 16 different locations en route to its final destination through Scotland and the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3. Commonwealth Games England is sending a 400-strong team to compete across the 17 sports.

The Queen’s Baton Relay in England is supported with National Lottery funding from Sport England.