Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Everything You Need to Know about the Queen's Baton Relay

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Everything You Need to Know about the Queen's Baton Relay

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THE Queen's Baton Relay is on its final stretch and will arrive in Mackay on Tuesday, March 20.

The Queen's baton is travelling 230,000km over 388 days until it reaches the Commonwealth Games for the opening ceremony on April 4.

The relay began on Commonwealth Day (March 13, 2017) at Buckingham Palace and Queen Elizabeth II's message was placed inside the baton.

In Mackay 35 community heroes have been chosen as baton bearers.

On Tuesday, the baton will weave its way through North Mackay and the journey includes a special ride up the Pioneer River in an Offshore Superboat.

The QBR will take in most of the city centre and business owners and residents are encouraged to line the streets and cheer on the baton bearers.

The day will finish with a community celebration at Bluewater Quay.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the arrival of the Queen's Baton Relay would generate a buzz in the region.

Tuesday, March 20

The relay starts at 2.30pm at the PCYC in North Mackay, with the baton being carried by 15 baton bearers along Norris Rd and Malcomson St to John Breen Park.

Spot to watch? The road side

The baton will then be transported to the city, where it will do a lap up the Pioneer River, held by former councillor Marie Murray.

Ms Murrary will be holding the baton whilst on board an offshore superboat, thanks to Frier's Offshore Racing Team.

The boat will travel between the River St boat ramp and the Forgan Bridge just after 4.15pm.

Spot to watch? Forgan Bridge

At 4.32pm the baton will return to shore to be carried by 19 baton bearers on a loop of the city centre before arriving at the free Community Celebration at Bluewater Quay at 5.30pm.

Spot to watch? Pick a spot at street level on Brisbane, Alfred, Victoria or River streets

Karen Beckham has the honour of being the last baton bearer and she will carry it into the Bluewater Quay. …

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