Royal duty brings joy to War­wick

Warwick Daily News - - News - EL­YSE WURM

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.”

Photo: El­yse Wurm

CHUFFED: Ba­ton­bear­ers John Davis (left) and Alan Meade soak up the mo­ment.

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