Monday, September 25, 2017

Rallying call to line Queen's Baton relay route

A rallying call has gone out for Swansea people to line the route of the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton relay next week.

Swansea will be the first stop in Wales for the baton relay when it arrives in the city on Tuesday September 5.

The three-hour Swansea leg of the relay will start at Knab Rock in Mumbles at about 7.30am before travelling along the promenade to the National Waterfront Museum for about 10.30am.

With sporting celebrities including former Wales rugby captain Ryan Jones, rising tennis star Kimberly Mpukusa, boxer Enzo Maccarinelli and Swans legend Alan Curtis taking part, Swansea Council is encouraging as many local people as possible to cheer on the city's baton bearers.

The Mumbles Lifeboat RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) will deliver the Queen's Baton by sea to Knab Rock where it will be received by Cllr Philip Downing, Lord Mayor of Swansea, and former Great Britain hockey captain Anne Ellis. ;

Cllr Downing said: "Swansea has a proud tradition of taking part in events of this kind. As Wales' only Premier League city and one that's been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021 title, it's appropriate that Swansea should be the first Welsh stop for the Queen's Baton relay as it makes its way towards Australia next year for the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.

"With so many of our local heroes taking part in the baton relay here in Swansea, this is a great chance for local people to line the route, cheer on the baton bearers and mark another great sporting event for our city.

"This is a terrific way for Swansea people to feel part of celebrations across the commonwealth as we continue the countdown to one of the best sporting events in the world. We are delighted that Swansea is hosting the first Welsh leg of this event."

The baton relay in Swansea will be split into 11 legs, with other baton bearers to include Paralympians Aaron Moores, David Smith and Chloe Davies. ;

Former Olympic judo competitor Andrew Burt, ex-Swans player Lee Trundle and Swans captain Leon Britton will also be taking part. ;

Other baton bearers will include rising local athletics stars Josh Griffiths and Osaze Aghedo, gymnast Holly Jones, as well as Matthew Rees, a Swansea Harrier who sacrificed his own time at the London Marathon earlier this year to help an injured runner over the finish line. ;

Locations for baton changes along the Swansea route will include Mumbles Square, West Cross, Blackpill, the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre, and the Civic Centre.

Visit www.enjoyswanseabay.com for more information, including an interactive route map and a full list of baton bearers. ;

Tweets by SwanseaCouncil

Source: http://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/36484/Rallying-call-to-line-Queens-Baton-relay-route (Thu Aug 31st 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Let's Get Digital, Digital!

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All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week.

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No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service.

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The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will include information stalls, seminars and workshops with activities available to suit a variety of ages and capabilities.

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The day will also provide an opportunity for people to enrol on a wide variety of Adult Community Learning courses including courses for help people gain skills they need to get back into work, exciting courses from crafts to computers and as well as accessible learning opportunities for adults with additional needs.

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Workshops in the festival include an ‘Appy hour' for all those confused by just what their smartphone or tablet can do, Minecraft club for children to build and explore their own world in a safe, offline environment, a local ancestry and family history workshop with Glamorgan Family History Society, a social media seminar, 3D printing demonstration, digital garden design and much more.

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Visitors to the library will also be able to find out about the latest cutting edge photography equipment available, learn about the latest virtual reality technology to help people gain an understanding of what it is like to suffer from dementia and lots of information about the activities and resources on offer in Cardiff Libraries.

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Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Digifest is a great initiative by Cardiff Libraries and Adult Community Learning to help people find out more about every day technology, how to get the best out of it and how to enjoy using it. There's a packed schedule of innovative activities running throughout the day for real novices to those who already embrace technology in their lives but want to learn more.

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