Midland to take a trip back in time as town crier heralds arrival of Queen’s Baton Relay


Town crier Jay Walsh with City of Swan Mayor David Lucas.   d479494
Town crier Jay Walsh with City of Swan Mayor David Lucas. d479494

MIDLAND will be transported back to the 1930s next week when a town crier will welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay from the balcony of the historic town hall.

The City of Swan has hired a town crier to replicate the baton’s regal history and to begin the celebrations for the Queen’s Baton ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Swan Mayor David Lucas said the town hall would be the starting point for the baton’s journey though the City and the beginning of the official celebrations.

“This is a significant event for the City of Swan and its community, so it is fitting that the voyage begins at one of the City’s most loved and well-known landmarks,” he said.

“The baton will be heralded by the town crier upon arrival at the hall, as it was back in the days when the building was a hotspot for community announcements and royal visits.”

The baton is scheduled to arrive at the town hall after 3.30pm and will be carried through Woodbridge Riverside Park, Governor Stirling Senior High School and Guildford Grammar School along Terrace Road before coming to a stop in Stirling Square in Guildford where the journey will conclude with a celebration.

Councillor Mark Elliott said the relay route would not only showcase the City’s history but allow as many supporters as possible to line the Baton’s path.

“Several community champions from the City have been given the honour of carrying the Baton on their home turf, so it would be great if the community really got behind them and lined the streets in support.

“There will also be plenty of free activities along the way to help create a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for spectators.”

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