Royal duty brings joy to Warwick
IT’S a sporting tradition that has spanned generations but for Warwick batonbearers in the Queen’s Baton Relay, it was not about personal glory, but also the joy it brought to everyone who watched it pass.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Warwick to see the 17 batonbearers carry out their regal duty this week.
Batonbearer Linda Bunch said it was an emotional moment, seeing not only friends, family and sporting colleagues showing support but the wider community.
“For me, by no means did you forget about it (the baton) but it was definitely more about the people that were there than the baton,” she said.
“The schools were the best bit because the kids were so excited, they set the atmosphere and for me, with my junior netball, I knew so many of the faces and the excitement on their faces transferred to everyone.”
Fellow batonbearer Alan Meade said he was “on cloud nine” after the event and was amazed by the support shown by Warwick.
“Those people weren’t clapping me, they were cheering that baton and what the baton meant, it’s togetherness,” he said.
Alan carried the Baton from Leslie Park to the corner of Palmerin St, humbled his family was watching on.
“Taking the baton with my son and daughter in front of me, showing them holding the Baton high and showing them that this is what we look for in life,” he said.
The baton took a 10-minute pitstop at Leslie Park, after it was carried into the community celebration by William Reardon on horseback.
Mayor Tracy Dobie said the relay was a wonderful day for the region and thanked everyone who had helped make it possible.
William said it was great to hear everyone cheering the batonbearers.
“It felt really good, the support that you had, the whole town came out,” he said.
“It felt like an honour to carry it because it’s the Queen’s and represents the Commonwealth Games.”
CHUFFED: Batonbearers John Davis (left) and Alan Meade soak up the moment.