THE Queen’s Baton Relay has arrived in the North-East as it makes its incredible journey around the world towards the Commonwealth Games.

Former athletes Brendan Foster and Jonathan Edwards carried the baton as it passed through Gateshead and Newcastle this morning before heading up to Alnwick.

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.

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

Brendan Foster said: "For it to actually come here on the last leg of the international part before it goes to Scotland where the games are going to be held, is fantastic.

Mick Henry, leader of Gateshead Council, said: “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.”