Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Video/Gallery: Queen’s Baton Relay for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games visits Christchurch Park in Ipswich

20:32 09 June 2014

The Queens Baton arrived in Christchurch Park in Ipswich carried by 80 year old  Ken Webb.

The Queens Baton arrived in Christchurch Park in Ipswich carried by 80 year old Ken Webb.

Archant

Hundreds of people gathered at Christchurch Park in Ipswich as the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games marched across Suffolk.

In the evening sun, 80-year-old fitness guru Ken Webb proudly jogged through the park with the Queen’s Baton before passing it over to Ipswich’s Paralympian star Zoe Newson on centre stage.

See our photo gallery here.

Activities including volleyball, badminton and hockey, played within an inflatable pitch, were held for youngsters during the two-hour celebration of sport.

The Queen’s Baton has been on a 198,000km relay across the Commonwealth, visiting 70 nations and territories to build excitement for the tournament.

Mr Webb said carrying the baton was an honour. He entered the park flanked by schoolchildren before parading the baton with gusto on stage. He even danced along to Pharrell Williams’ number one hit Happy.

“It meant a lot to me,” he said. “I have worked hard in my life and it is important both children and adults keep healthy.”

His son, Rowan, filmed the event for family members in Jamaica to treasure.

“I am very proud of him,” he said. “At school sports days, he would always win the parents race – by a huge distance! This is the jewel in the crown for him.”

Zoe Newson said sport played an important role in the lives of young people.

“It is great that big events like these encourage youngsters to try sports they may not otherwise play,” the London 2012 Paralympics bronze medallist said.

Beth Tweddle, ambassador for Commonwealth Games England, also attended the event.

She said: “It was a brilliant atmosphere in Ipswich. I think the Commonwealth Games will inspire people like the London Olympics and Paralympics did.”

Alistair Dick, of Ipswich, visited with his wife Emma Crowhurst, 48, and Northgate High School pupils Tilly Crowhurst, 14, and Bobby Crowhurst, 11.

“We have got tickets for the Commonwealth Games to see rugby sevens, netball, hockey and athletics. Hopefully it will inspire our children to take up a sport,” he said.

Adam Baker, Suffolk County Council’s Queen’s Baton Relay programme manager, believes the Commonwealth Games will invoke warm memories of the London Olympics and Paralympics.

“People remember the Olympics and Paralympics in London fondly and the Commonwealth Games will be an opportunity to relive that while promoting Team England and sport as a whole,” he said.

Earlier in the day the Queen’s Baton Relay stopped by at Northgate High School in Ipswich, where a huge sports day was held for students, while it also swept through Lowestoft, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds.

The Queen’s Baton contains a message from the Queen that will be read out at the July 23 opening ceremony.

Up to 4,000 people will carry Her Majesty’s message, before it is read out at the opening ceremony.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games takes place from July 23 to August 3.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A driver clocked doing 129mph on the A14 has been banned for six months.

Ipswich’s first drive-through Starbucks will open tomorrow with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony by mayor Roger Fern.

Council and highways authority officials insisted that better warnings and other preparations eased the pressure on roads around Ipswich after the closure of Orwell Bridge yesterday.

Two former Ipswich Town FC players say the dangers of heading in football have been blown out of proportion and that it would ruin the sport if any changes to the game were made.

Police are searching for a man in a car who approached a nine-year-old girl in Stowmarket.

Community leaders at two east Suffolk district councils which are set to merge to save money are raising their tax by just over 3% in April.

Children on an educational trip were not in danger from damage allegedly caused at a theme park by Storm Doris, a school has said.

It’s not too late to book tickets and take in a great show this March. Suffolk’s theatres offer a wide range of performances to choose from with something for everyone including music, comedy, plays and wrestling.

“I cannot emphasise strongly enough how important this is to Suffolk.”

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man indecently exposed himself in Stowmarket.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24