Baton bearers do Rockingham proud in Queen’s Baton Relay


Terry Howson carries the baton across the water surrounded by members of his family.
Terry Howson carries the baton across the water surrounded by members of his family.

SPECTATORS in Rockingham were delighted by the efforts of the 21 baton bearers for the Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday, February 23.

Setting off from Penguin Island, first to carry the baton was Terry Howson across to Mersey Point where it headed north along Arcadia Drive.

While on the island Mr Howson stopped for some quick photos with family, friends and the some of the islands resident penguins.

After heading up the length of Arcadia Drive the baton was relocated to begin the final leg along the Esplanade until it reached Churchill Park thanks to the final baton bearer, Craig Watts.

All baton bearers gathered at Churchill Park were they were given a warm welcome by those gathered.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels thanked the baton bearers for their efforts.

“I know I speak on behalf of everyone in the City of Rockingham when I say how proud we are to have been chosen as one of the celebration communities, and we appreciate the opportunity to showcase our unique coastline and wildlife to the world”, he said.

“We are now forever part of the longest relay in history, covering a distance of 230,000km in 288 days from Buckingham Palace to the Gold Coast.

“The City of Rockingham is immensely proud to have played our part, and we now pass the baton onto the next celebration community with our compliments, and our best wishes.”

About 3800 baton bearers will cover more than one million steps to take the baton all around Australia to its final designation on the Gold Coast on April 4 for the commencement of the Commonwealth Games.

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