Batonbearer John Davis takes part in the Queen's Baton Relay in Warwick today.
Batonbearer John Davis takes part in the Queen's Baton Relay in Warwick today. Elyse Wurm

GALLERY: A royal day to remember in Warwick

IT'S a sporting tradition that has spanned generations but for today's batonbearers in the Queen's Baton Relay, carrying the Baton was not about personal glory but the joy it brought to everyone who watched it pass.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Warwick to see the Baton this morning.

Batonbearer Linda Bunch said it was an emotional moment, seeing not only friends, family and sporting colleagues showing support but the wider community.

"For me, by no means did you forget about it (the Baton) but it was definitely more about the people that were there than the Baton,” she said.

"The schools were the best bit because the kids were so excited, they set the atmosphere and for me, with my junior netball, I knew so many of the faces and the excitement on their faces transferred to everyone.”

Mrs Bunch said it was an amazing opportunity and she was grateful to the member of the netball community who nominated her.

Learning about the Baton, and that it represents the past, present and future through different materials, added extra significance to the day.

"The baton is the centre of everything and the fact there's a message inside the baton from the Queen, we're extremely keen to watch the opening ceremony and see what that message says” Mrs Bunch said.

Fellow batonbearer Alan Meade said he was "on cloud nine” after the event and was amazed by the support shown by Warwick.

"Those people weren't clapping me, they were cheering that Baton and what the Baton meant, it's togetherness,” he said.

Alan carried the Baton from Leslie Park to the corner of Palmerin St, humbled that he took part with his family watching on.

"Taking the Baton with my son and daughter in front of me, showing them holding the Baton high and showing them that this is what we look for in life,” he said.

The Baton took a 10 minute pitstop at Leslie Park, after it was carried into the community celebration by William Reardon on horseback.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said the relay was a wonderful day for the region and thanked everyone who had helped make it possible.

William said it was great to hear everyone cheering during his leg of the relay.

"It felt really good, the support that you had, the whole town came out,” he said.

"It felt like an honour to carry it because it's the Queen's and represents Commonwealth Games.”

The relay was completed in about an hour, with the Baton travelling onto Gatton when the Warwick leg concluded about 10.05am.


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