Queen's Baton Relay arrives in the region

The Northern Echo: BATON CHARGE: Sir Chris Hoy launch the Queen's Baton Relay last year BATON CHARGE: Sir Chris Hoy launch the Queen's Baton Relay last year

THE Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in the North-East tomorrow (June 13) as it makes its way to the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

Sporting heroes Brendan Foster and Jonathan Edwards, both former Commonwealth gold medallists, will carry the baton as it reaches Tyneside on its trip around the world.

The baton, carrying a special message from Her Majesty The Queen, began its mammoth journey at Buckingham Palace in October and has since visited 70 nations around the world.

It is due to arrive in Glasgow in time for the opening of the Games on July 23.

The baton will be paraded through several locations across Tyneside, including The Angel of the North, Gateshead International Stadium and across Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Mick Henry, leader of Gateshead Council, said: “Gateshead has a long established reputation for hosting major international sporting events and supporting up-and-coming sporting talent.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our great passion for sport in the region and support Team England as they head to the Commonwealth Games 2014.”

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