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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Queen's Baton Relay coming to county

Denbighshire County Council has expressed its delight at the news that the Queen’s Baton Relay will be visiting the county as part of its UK journey to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Touching down in Wales at Cardiff Airport on Saturday, May 24, the baton will travel across the country, engaging with communities and building support for Welsh athletes set to travel to Glasgow just two months later, reaching its final destination of Llandegla on Friday, May 30.

Denbighshire County Council, working with the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, will make arrangements for the Relay to visit Rhyl, Moel Famau and Ruthin before making its way to the Oneplanet Adventure site in Llandegla, the last Denbighshire stop.

A host of activities will be arranged in Denbighshire to mark this special event.  Councillor Huw Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Leisure, said: “It is a true honour for Denbighshire to host a leg of the Relay and we hope that the spotlight of the Relay will help us showcase what the county has to offer from a leisure perspective.

“The relay will take in spectacular new bridge in Rhyl, as well as the scenic countryside of the Clwydian Range that is ideal for walking and cycling, before making its way to the Oneplanet Adventure site with its great cycling facilities at Llandegla.

"Having national events like this really increases interest in sport and well-being in general and we need to make the best use of this opportunity."

Jamie Groves, Head of Communication, Marketing and Leisure said: “Whilst the spotlight is firmly on the leisure aspect of the event, there are also wider benefits to Denbighshire.

"It also provides Denbighshire with a firm opportunity to promote its facilities, attractions and outstanding scenery to the thousands of people who will be following coverage through the media. They are the potential tourists of the future and we want them to see that Denbighshire is a special, exciting and vibrant place to visit.

“Denbighshire is also earning a reputation for being a great place for events and we need to capitalise on this opportunity to show event organisers that Denbighshire really means business when it comes to attracting high calibre, nationally significant events to our county.”

For a more detailed guide to the day by day highlights and events taking place for the QBR from Saturday. May 24 – Friday, May 30, visit and for more information on the baton’s journey around the Commonwealth visit

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