Queen’s Commonwealth baton comes to Laugharne

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The Queen’s Commonwealth baton will make its first stop in Carmarthenshire in Laugharne tomorrow (Tuesday).

The venue is set to attract international media coverage because of the centenary year of Dylan Thomas’s birth, and activities will focus on the poet’s former home at the Boathouse and his writing shed looking over the Taf estauary, The baton will be in Laugharne between 8am and 9am on Tuesday May 27, and members of the public are invited to watch the action from the viewpoint of Dylan’s Walk.

Events on the day will include a celebrity welcoming the baton-bearers at the writing shed, while at the Boathouse, there will be poetry-reading by Menna Elfyn, re-creation of 1950s playground games by the children of Laugharne Primary School and a Dylan Thomas flash mob, reciting and animating the poet’s work.

The baton will then be taken to Carmarthen, Ammanford and Llanelli, with another evening vist to Carmarthen, carried by sporting personalities and celebrities from the county.

The county council’s executive board member for leisure services, Councillor Meryl Gravell, said it was a great coup for the authority’s sports development team to have secured the baton for the day of activities.

She added: “It will be a wonderful chance for those who have already got Olympic torch picutres in the family album to get the Commonwealth baton too.”

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