Queen’s baton almost here

February 05, 2018

The Queen’s Baton Relay will return to Echuca on Thursday, February 15.

YOU know it’s a Commonwealth Games year when the torch travels around the country.

On Thursday, February 15, it’s Echuca’s turn to see the flame with some of the well-known Echuca-Moama people carrying in the relay.

The community is invited to celebrate the arrival of the Queen’s Baton at the Aquatic Reserve (behind the library), with a community event from 5 to 7pm.

Children are encouraged to come and try six Commonwealth Games themed sports, including basketball, gymnastics, vortex, lawn bowls, hurdles and sprint.

A free ice-cream can be enjoyed after trying all six activities.

Games Boy 2018 will entertain the crowds in the lead up to the arrival of the Queen’s Baton, with local artist, Tyler Hudson providing live music.

“The Queen’s Baton will arrive at the Aquatic Reserve at 5.30pm with the last baton bearer carrying it from a paddlesteamer onto the stage,” Campaspe Shire mayor Adrian Weston said.

“We’re excited to be part of an event that will take Echuca to the world and encourage the community to be part of the celebrations.”

Residents can also watch the Queen’s Baton Relay as it travels along High St, leaving the sports complex at 4pm on the day.

Seventeen baton bearers were announced in October to carry the Queen’s Baton as it moves through Echuca.

Parking along High St (west side) will be restricted from 2pm to allow the relay to travel along the route safely.

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