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Sails To Give Baton A Royal Welcome

Story: Redcliffe Guide
Jan 31, 2018
Sails to give baton a royal welcome

edcliffe’s annual Festival of Sails will kick off with an extra special bang in 2018, as it will coincide with the Redcliffe leg of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.

Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism CEO Shane Newcombe says when the Moreton Bay Region was invited to be a celebration community for the 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay, its timing was a happy coincidence.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a celebration of community, and we are very fortunate that it is part of this year’s Festival of Sails proceedings, as they are both wonderful celebrations of community,” he says.

“It is a great honour to be part of such a momentous occasion and will showcase our beautiful part of the world to Commonwealth Games fans as well as joining in the celebrations.”

Seven baton bearers will transport the Queen’s Baton along the Redcliffe route, made up of locals who have inspired their local community, with Paralympic champion Lakeisha Patterson given the honour of carrying the baton the final leg to the Redcliffe Community Celebration at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails.

Lakeisha says it is a great opportunity for the community to be a part of such an amazing event and to witness the Queen’s Baton Relay pass through Redcliffe, before enjoying the festivities afterwards.

“I am nervous, yet extremely excited to personally be a part of the whole relay experience,” she says.

“I’m really looking forward to sharing the moment with my family, friends and our amazing community — holding the Queen’s personalised message is such an honour, and I hope I can do my part in delivering it safely towards the opening ceremony."

Newcombe says the baton will travel along Humpybong Esplanade before heading south on Redcliffe Parade and Marine Parade, before finally being presented on the main stage at Redcliffe Festival of Sails at Suttons Beach.

“There will be extra infrastructure along the entire Queen’s Baton Relay Redcliffe route so fans can view the baton from every vantage point,” he says.

“The Festival will host dance performances and daytime fireworks to welcome the baton bearer to the Community Celebration Stage where the Mayor will welcome and interview the baton bearer.”

The Redcliffe Festival of Sails will be held on Friday, March 30th at Suttons Beach and is free to attend.

Visit www.redcliffefestivalofsail... to view the full festival program.