Large crowds greet Queen's Baton Relay in St Davids

10:03am Wednesday 28th May 2014

LARGE crowds lined the roads in St Davids this morning (Wednesday) as the city hosted the latest leg of the Queen's Baton Relay for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Ysgol Dewi Sant pupils Chloe Brown and Holly Davies got things underway from the Bishop's Palace at 8am, and the pair were among a host of Gold, Silver and Bronze Sport Wales ambassadors from the School to participate.

Proceedings were temporarily halted at the Cross Square, to allow the mayor of St Davids, Councillor David Halse, and Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Councillor Tom Richards, to address the crowds.

Councillor Halse labelled the event "absolutely fantastic."

"This a great honour for St Davids," he said.

"I am very proud of all the baton bearers - but it's also a proud day for all their sports teachers and coaches who put in so much time and effort.

"Today is just reward for them."

Also on hand to carry the baton were Barry Webb, 78, and Roy Stephens, 58, who were both involved in the same capacity when the games came to Cardiff in 1958.

"I was still a little nervous today, despite having done it before," admitted Roy.

"But I'm glad to be part of it. It's been excellent."

Barry, who along with Solva Primary School pupil Thomas Dufton, made the final handover to Council leader Jamie Adams at Ysgol Dewi Sant, added: "The event has changed a lot since 1958. There are a lot more people involved."

At the School, Councillor Adams addressed the crowds who had followed the baton bearers throughout the morning: "We all know how special this city and county is," he said.

"I would like to thank everyone who supported this - and we wish the baton well on it's journey across Wales."

Head of Sport Pembrokeshire, Ben Field, said it was "brilliant" how many different aspects of the St Davids community had come together to help host the event.

A series of sporting activities for youngsters are now taking place in St Davids Leisure Centre, and will continue to run throughout the day.


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