Cel­e­brate the Queen’s ba­ton

The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

THE Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay over the next three days in the greater Cairns area is a time to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether and cel­e­brate be­ing proud members of the Com­mon­wealth.

While, most of us do not get a chance to carry the ba­ton, we can em­brace the event and cheer on the bear­ers as it tra­verses the streets of Cairns.

Plus there are three com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tions with en­ter­tain­ment, a chance to see the ba­ton up close and par­tic­i­pate in the spirit and unity of the games.

The ba­ton ar­rives to­day but will be al­most out of the public eye, ar­riv­ing at the Pier at 7am be­fore head­ing to Skyrail early af­ter­noon and do­ing a tour of Ku­randa be­fore it re­turns on the Ku­randa Scenic Rail­way and trav­els to the Great Bar­rier Reef.

To­mor­row is the first day of full public par­tic­i­pa­tion with a free com­mu­nity break­fast at Palm Cove from 6.30am when the ba­ton re­ceives a guard of hon­our from surf life­savers be­fore do­ing a re­lay run on the north­ern beaches.

On Fri­day there are two stages at Cairns North, Edge Hill, Ma­nunda and back to the city in the morn­ing and a CBD cir­cuit in the af­ter­noon be­fore com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tions when league leg­end Justin Hodges brings the ba­ton into the Munro Martin Park­lands at 5.30pm.

A sport­ing spec­tac­u­lar will kick off the re­lay at the Walker Rd com­plex at Ed­mon­ton at 9am on Satur­day.

While, there are some high profile names car­ry­ing the ba­ton, most are members of the com­mu­nity who have been se­lected be­cause of their self­less acts of ser­vice for their fel­low ci­ti­zens.

That’s what the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay is all about. Nick Dal­ton Deputy edi­tor

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