Town alive with celebration of sport


Kirstie Dolphin

MORE than a thousand people from all over Denbighshire lined the Queen’s Baton relay route to show their support.

The baton’s seven day tour of Wales came to an end in Denbighshire on Friday after visiting Moel Famau, Ruthin and Llandegla.

Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay kicked of its tour of Denbighshire by arriving horseback in Moel Famau and travelling up to its highest peak.

The baton later arrived in Ruthin where hundreds of residents were enjoying a family sports day at the Llanfwrog Community Centre.

The centre manager Bleddwyn Jones donated use of the centre in the hope residents will try all the different sports the county has on offer.

Denbigh’s table tennis twins Angharad and Megan Phillips were honoured with the chance to carry the baton.

The twins will be flying the flag for Wales at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

Megan added: “It’s so nice to have it so close to the town where we went to school in Brynhyfryd. It is good for the children too, to inspire them to come down and try some sport.”

Also carrying the baton in Ruthin was Commonwealth Games silver medalist and bowls national coach Lyn Perkins.

Mr Perkins, from Rhondda, said: “I was very keen to come here. It’s something nice to cap my career off with and keep an interest and to try generate interest in bowls.”

There was plenty to do in Ruthin with a battle of the bands, local sport fixtures, bouncy castles, face painting and sporting taster sessions from local clubs such as rugby league, netball, athletics, football, fun fitness boot camps, tennis, golf and bowls.

Ruthin resident, Zoe Prince, visited the event with her children.

She said: “The place looks fantastic loads of fun, the activities really brought us here today it’s not often there are things like this to do around Ruthin. So we want to make the most of it as well as watch the baton relay and enjoy the afternoon.”

The baton then headed to Coed Llandegla Forest, Oneplanet Adventure, where an open day was held for mountain bike enthusiasts.

Visitors for to test their power against Team GB cyclist scores on the watt bikes leader board.

Councillor Huw Jones, cabinet lead member for leisure, said: “Denbighshire was one of a handful of counties in Wales to attract the Queen's Baton Relay and we hope that the event will lead to a renewed interest in sport and leisure activities and leave a legacy for future generations.

“It was also great that local people were selected to carry the baton on the historic day.”

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