THE Queen's Golden Jubilee baton reaches the region today when it passes through North Yorkshire.

Since March 11, the baton has been carried by thousands of people through 24 countries across the Commonwealth.

Pulsing with lights to match the runner's heartbeat, it will reach the end of its long journey at Manchester on July 25, for the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

At about 12.42pm today it will reach Harrogate where it will pass along Kings Road, Station Parade, York Place and Wetherby Road before going on to Wetherby, Boston Spa and Clifford.

After going to Pontefract and Knottingley it will be at Brayton at about 5pm and then carried through Selby to Barlby.

It will then be carried into York, from Fulford, at about 6.30pm with the runners heading down Fulford Road and Fishergate before arriving at Clifford's Tower just before 7pm.

It will arrive there to a carnival atmosphere, with community celebrations including pop bands and street theatre in Parliament Street and the Coppergate Centre.

Tomorrow, the relay will set off again from York Minster at 9.20am, via St Leonard's Place, Gillygate, Lord Mayor's Walk, Monkgate and Malton Road.

It will be arriving at Malton and Norton Rugby Club at about 10.45am.

It will then be carried through Old Malton before being driven to Scarborough to be carried up the coast via Whitby to Middlesbrough.