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Dewi Roberts, a sprinter at 1958 Games, and David Brailsfrod, Britain cycling coach hold the baton at Dinas
Wales embraces Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi with great enthusiasm

ABERYSTWYTH, Wales: The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi enjoyed a busy day on Monday, visiting three Welsh town of Wrexham, Caernarfon and Aberystwyth where it was held by a host of celebrities including Olympic gold medalist rower Tom Jones, Wrexham FC manager Dean Saunders and Welsh National Poet Gwyneth Lewis and Dewi Roberts, a sprinter from the 1958 British Empire Games.

 

The day started in Wrexham at 8.00a.m. (local time) with a mini relay through the streets. The baton was carried by Wrexham FC manager Dean Saunders, Olympic and Commonwealth rower Tom Jones, 2006 Commonwealth Games swimmer Lowri Tynan, Commonwealth fencer Carolyn Benson, Paralympic boccia player Gareth Stafford and Paralympian equestrian rider Natalie Povey and 30 school children. 

 

James told the media that it was an honour to take part in the event. “It's a tremendous privilege. It's a fantastic thing for sport, it's a fantastic thing for Wales and also for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010,” the rower said. “For me it's a really nice thing to be a part of. I think Wrexham has really got behind it. It's not the normal thing you see coming through your town. It's very symbolic, it's very tangible, you can see what it means.”

 

The relay went from Wrexham Football Stadium through to the Civic Centre were it was received by Mayor Arwell Jones before proceeding to Mold Alun Campus where school children lined the path and a mini relay was held to Bryn Coch School.  The Batonbearers included heavyweight boxer Andrew Jones; pole vaulter Christina Hughes; boccia paralympian Andrew Williams and eight school children. 

 

The baton then drove 90 minutes from Wrexham to Caernarfon. It arrived at Dinas Railway Station and was taken on board a stream engine drawn train to Caernarfon. A relay was held from Caernarfon Station. The Batonbearers included a sprinter from the 1958 British Empire Games Dr Dewi Roberts, Wales's first National Poet Mrs Gwyneth Lewis, 1958 Commonwealth Games 1500m runner Tony Pumfrey, Dave Davies, Dave Wood, British Cycling Performance Director David Brailsford, 1972 Olympic weightlifter Leuan Owen and 1986 Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold medalilst Ray Williams.  They were accompanied by students. 

 

The baton was handed to the Mayor Cllr Hywel Roberts in the Caernarfon Castle in the presence of Commonwealth Games Council for Wales Chairman Mr, Gareth John.  The baton then travelled for two hours to Aberystwyth where it visited TaMed Da at the Prifysgol Aberystwyth University campus where Indian and other students viewed the baton.

 

On Tuesday, the baton will be at the National Botanic Garden of Wales before being carried underground at the National Coal Museum at Big Pit in Blaenavon on Wednesday.