Queen's Baton Relay visits the Greenway

On Bank Holiday Monday, C.S. Lewis Square was transformed into a sports stadium to welcome the Queen's Baton Relay to Belfast ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

BMX bikers and athletes gathered for a bank holiday carnival of sport as the baton arrived en route to the Gold Coast for next year's competition. The Belfast Giants Cheerleaders were there with Fitness Freddy to get the crowd going, while DJ Dave Ralston kept everyone entertained during the frequent showers. There were opportunities to try a host of different sports including rowing, archery, bowls and 100m sprints with Victoria Park & Connswater Athletics Club

Thankfully the showers eased off just in time for the Baton arriving! 

Michele Bryans, acting manager for the Connswater Community Greenway, said: "This allows East Belfast to have that bit of recognition and puts us on the map."

The baton is making a 142,915-mile (230,000km) journey over 388 days ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 event, travelling through Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

It left Buckingham Palace in March carrying a message from the Queen and will arrive in Australia in December and travel through the country, finishing its journey at the Opening Ceremony on April 4. Designed for each Games by the host nation, the 2018 Queen's Baton has a distinctive loop design and has been made using macadamia wood and reclaimed plastic, sourced from Gold Coast waterways.