Details have been announced about the visit of the Commonwealth Games baton when it comes to the North East next month.
The Queen’s Baton Relay comes through Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland on June 13 ahead of the games in Glasgow, with former Commonwealth champions Brendan Foster and Jonathan Edwards chosen to carry it.
The baton arrives at the Angel of the North in Gateshead at 7am, where it will be welcomed by the Mayor of Gateshead, Coun Jack Graham, council leader Mick Henry and baton bearer for Gateshead, Brendan Foster, a former gold and silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games.
The relay will then make its way to Gateshead International Stadium for 8am, where it will be the focal point of an event for local businesses, organised by NewcastleGateshead Initiative.
Pupils from the town’s Lingey House Primary School will join Coun Henry and Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, to welcome the baton. The relay will then make its way to Gateshead Millennium Bridge at 8.50am where the baton will then be passed to Newcastle baton bearer Jonathan Edwards.
Joining Jonathan will be 11-year-old Ciara Madin from Kenton, a member of the Newcastle Youth Council. They will join Coun Forbes and the Lord Mayor of Newcastle to take the baton to Walker Activity Dome for 9.30am.
The community sports centre is hosting a morning of sporting events with everything from football to judo, and rugby to tennis. Children from Central Walker Primary School will be taking part in the events throughout the morning.
After that, the baton will make its way to Alnwick, Northumberland, for the final event on its journey through England.
Starting at 5pm, a celebration of baton relay will take place in the grounds of Alnwick Castle with Year 8 and 9 children from across the county taking part in Commonwealth Games sports and - to reflect the filming of the first Harry Potter films at the castle - Quidditch.
Dame Kelly Holmes, president of Commonwealth Games England, said: “I’m encouraging everyone in Gateshead and Newcastle to get involved when the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives on Friday, June 13.
“Gateshead and Newcastle will be hosting an incredible celebration of sport and everyone can join in. If you can be there then please go and give sport a go, cheer your inspirational baton bearers and be part of the Team England send-off to Glasgow.”
Before visiting Gateshead and Newcastle, the Queen’s Baton visited 68 of the 70 Commonwealth nations and will be en route to its final journey through Scotland to the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, from July 23 to August 3.