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14 February 2018

Schools from across the Great Southern will fill the Town Square next Thursday, February 22 as Albany celebrates the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Albany is the first stop in Western Australia for the Baton, which has been travelling throughout the Commonwealth for more than 50 days in the lead up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The Baton will be officially welcomed to Albany at the National Anzac Centre from 7am before it begins its journey through the streets of Albany.

More than 500 students from 22 schools across the region will gather in Town Square where the Baton will arrive at 10:30am as part of a community celebration of the relay.

The celebration will also be in recognition the 28 community batonbearers who will have the honour of representing Albany and carrying the Baton on the day.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said he was excited to welcome the Baton to Albany and hoped the community would join the celebration.

“It has been a long time since a Queen’s Baton Relay visited Albany and we are honoured to be chosen as a host city for this historic relay, let alone the welcoming city for Western Australia,” Mayor Wellington said.

“It will be wonderful to see so many students make the trip to Albany for the community celebration, with some coming from as far as Jerramungup and Kendenup.

“We invite the community to attend the celebrations and show support for our local batonbearers by cheering them on as they travel along the route.”

There will be a rolling road closure for the Queen’s Baton Relay. Visit http://www.albany.wa.gov.au/utility/events/queens-baton-relay/ for a detailed map of the road closures and more information about the event.