Commonwealth Games Wales

Day 2 highlights

The events of day 2 started in Newport, when the Baton was taken across the River Usk by gondola on the historic Transporter Bridge. The Baton was then taken to Pillgwenlly Primary School, John Frost Square and Newport Leisure Centre. 

The next event took place on the sports field of Monmouth Haberdashers’ School for Boys. The 2018 Baton came face to face with the very first Queen’s Baton which started its life in Wales as the prelude to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958. The original baton belongs to Mrs Hackett-Payne, the daughter of the chairman of the organising committee for the 1958 Games. Mrs Hackett-Payne was a special guest at the Monmouth eventand it was a wonderful opportunity for her to share her story.

After departing Monmouth, the Baton visited The Royal Mint for a closed event with 3 local primary schools. The Baton had exclusive access to the production area, with former Commonwealth medallist Frankie Jones carrying the Baton and striking a coin. 

The final event of the day took place at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd, during which hundreds of local people gathered to welcome the Baton. During the relay of the park, the Baton stopped at the bandstand for a choir performance by Pontypridd male voice choir Cor Meibion and legendary Welsh tenor and radio personality Wynne Evans. 

Watch our highlight video of day 2 below: