Queen’s Baton honours Albany

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

After travelling thousands of kilometres across the globe, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through Albany tomorrow.

The baton will be officially welcomed to Albany at the National Anzac Centre from 7am tomorrow before it begins its journey through the streets.

Schools from across the Great Southern will gather in the Town Square, with more than 500 students from 22 schools across the region welcoming the baton as it arrives at 10.30am.

The celebration will also be in recognition of the 28 community baton bearers who will have the honour of representing Albany and carrying the baton on the day.

Among the local baton bearers is Alice Rule, who said she was thrilled to be carrying it tomorrow.

“I have always considered it a great honour when I have heard of people carrying the Queen’s baton, never realising that I would one day be chosen,” she said.

“I was very surprised and feel so honoured to carry a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Mrs Rule said she would be walking the baton from the Albany Advertiser to the Town Square.

“I am thrilled, I am excited and I never thought I would ever get this honour,” she said. “To be chosen is a real honour.

“I think it’s wonderful for Albany.

“Anything that puts Albany on the map is always great and this will definitely be one of the highlights of my life.”

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said he was excited to welcome the baton to Albany.

“It has been a long time since a Queen’s Baton Relay visited Albany and we are honoured to be chosen as a host city for this historic relay, let alone the welcoming city for Western Australia,” Mr Wellington said.

York Street between Grey Street and Serpentine Road will be closed from 6am until 1.30pm.

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