Friday the 30th of May 2014 saw the arrival of the Commonwealth games Queens Baton to Moel Famau. The Baton Relay will travel 190000km in 288 days before reaching the games in Glasgow. The turnout was amazing for the Baton, when looking at the number of people on Snowden (the batons stop the previous day) we were quite sceptical. Our fears were soon put to rest when the crowds began to gather and we had a busy day ahead of us.
It was also the first day selling Patchwork pate, a company in Ruthin that makes a delicious range of pates and other foods. My main duties of the day were handing out samples of the pate, I did this by verbally attacking passers by with offerings of free pate, which was always met with two responses. “oooohh free pate” or a look as if to say “what on Earth is this guy selling pate on a mountain for?” But I must say the pate was a great success and had great feedback from customers.
From my Pate stand I had a great view of the events of the day, which began with an army of ponies and horses walking past me, it was a local pony club whose member carried the baton part of the way to the Jubilee Tower.
The Baton arrived at Bwlch Pen Barras at 1pm and was followed by the quietest round of applause possible so not to cause a horse stampede. After a short speech the baton headed up the path towards the Jubilee tower. A drum group from chester awaited the arrival of the baton atop the tower they probably could be heard in chester judging how loud they were playing.
During the batons ascent to the Jubilee Tower a local nordic walker, a volunteer of the AONB took part in the relay. All contributing to a part of history, holding the baton that had been all over the globe and touched the hands of so many influential people.