FIREWORKS, boats, markets and cooking demonstrations are planned when the Queen’s Baton Relay travels through Midland and Guildford next February.
The City of Swan will hold its community event at the Midland Town Hall in the last Perth leg of the relay as the baton arrives mid-afternoon and moves through to Guildford on February 26.
Mayor David Lucas said there would be plenty of opportunities and prime locations for the community to catch a glimpse of the baton relay and soak up the atmosphere.
“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our local baton bearers and community,” he said.
“Fittingly, the City’s leg of the relay will begin at the Midland Town Hall where a traditional fanfare will take place on the balcony in a nod to the wartime era.”
From there the baton will move to Woodbridge Riverside Park, which will have rides and entertainment, and be carried down the river by a flotilla of boats from local schools.
The baton will then pass through the grounds of Governor Stirling Senior High School for a meet and greet with past student and baton bearer, Ramon Andersson.
At Guildford Grammar, the Boodja Bibi dancers will greet the baton and Guildford Grammar strings and jazz and rock bands will spur it on to Terrace Road, touted to be a spectator hot spot.
The baton will arrive at Stirling Square about 5.30pm, where the celebrations will have kicked off about 4pm featuring entertainment by Jonny Taylor, Zap Circus, Mickey J, the combined schools Swan choir and Games Boy ’18.
There will also be Swan Valley cooking demonstrations, fitness demonstrations, Stirling Square Markets, food trucks and fireworks over the Swan River about 8.30pm.
Free public parking will be available at Guildford Grammar, with shuttle buses for spectators from 3.30-9pm.
The relay started in the UK on March 31 and is due to reach Australia on December 24, then travel around the country before reaching the Gold Coast on April 4 for the XXI Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
“Rather than just pass through, the relay has been designed to spend quality time in communities across Australia so that as many people as possible can be a part of the Baton’s journey,” GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie said.
The baton, which is currently in Tonga, will head north to Karratha after leaving Guildford. For more, visit gc2018.com/qbr.