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Royal Baton to make pitstop at the summit of Moel Famau

Published date: 08 January 2014 |
Published by: Romilly Scragg 
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THE Commonwealth Games’ answer to the Olympic Torch Relay will stop off at Moel Famau this summer.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will make a visit to the beauty spot in May as part of its epic journey ahead of the Glasgow Games.

In the summer, community leaders expressed dismay that Flintshire and Wrexham were not among the seven counties earmarked for a visit during the Welsh leg of the Queen’s Baton Route (QBR).

But yesterday it was revealed that Moel Famau, on the Flintshire and Denbighshire border, will be included.

Llandegla will also be a stop off for the baton on its final day in Wales on May 30, along with Ruthin and Rhyl.

Despite the inclusions, some councillors said they were disappointed Flintshire and Wrexham’s major towns were overlooked.

Wrexham councillor for Acton Geoff Lowe said: “Wrexham is the major town in North Wales.

“Not bringing it here is really a reflection that our status as a major town is not properly recognised.

“I think it’s grossly unfair.

“To be overlooked while Rhyl is included is a bit of an insult.”

Flint town councillor Alex Aldridge said: “There’s an element of disappointment, particularly when you consider Flint was the first site of local government in Wales and the first town to get the Royal Charter.

“But to be pretty pragmatic, the baton can’t touch the heart of everywhere in Wales.”

Cllr Aldridge said he would focus on the ‘spectacle’ the Commonwealth Games would be.

”Let’s hope they’re an exhibition of all that’s great about the UK,” he added.

“We’d have dearly loved to see the baton come through Flint but I don’t believe it’s not coming will diminish interest in the Games.”

The relay builds up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow being held in July.

The baton is currently on an African leg of its relay.

On May 24, it will touch down at Cardiff Airport before embarking on a seven-day journey through Wales.

The baton will visit towns in the South Wales valleys before heading north and finishing in Llandegla, Denbighshire on Friday May 30, the final day in Wales.

the final morning stop with cycling at Marsh tracks, before a visit to the top of Moel Famau with some local groups.

In the late afternoon, the baton will visit the Ruthin Family Sports day and to celebrate the seven-day journey around Wales, Llandegla Mountain Bike Centre will host the final baton relay event.

Details of the route through England will be announced later this month.

Full details of events around Wales can be found at www.teamwales.co.uk.

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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