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Mumbles Lifeboat's start Baton relay in Wales

Lifeboats News Release

The Queens Commonwealth games Baton arrived early in the village this morning

Crew on deck of Roy Barker IV with the baton

RNLI/Andy Miles

Mumbles Lifeboat Crew with the Queens Commonwealth Baton

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboats started this mornings Queens Commonwealth relay.

Swansea was the first stop in Wales for the baton relay.

The three-hour Swansea leg of the relay started at Knab Rock in Mumbles at 7.30am before travelling along the promenade to the National Waterfront Museum

The Mumbles Lifeboat crew delivered the Queen’s Baton to Cllr Philip Downing, Lord Mayor of Swansea, and former Great Britain hockey captain Anne Ellis.

Baton bearers included former Wales rugby captain Ryan Jones, boxer Enzo Maccarinelli, Swans legend Alan Curtis, ex-Swans hero Lee Trundle, Swans captain Leon Britton, Paralympic swimming gold medallist Aaron Moores, and Matthew Rees, a Swansea Harrier who sacrificed his own time at the London Marathon earlier this year to help an injured runner over the finish line.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Tim Conway said 'There's an incredible pride amongst the crew to be asked to be part of the the day. They're all volunteers and have taken time out of their everyday life to save lives on our coast so to be recognised in the relay is a great opportunity for them to highlight the work of the RNLI as a charity'.

Enjoy Swansea Bay

Lifeboat arrives at Knab Rock Mumbles
Mayor receiving Baton at Knab Rock Mumbles with Commonwealth committee

Enjoy Swansea Bay

Baton being presented to The Mayor of Swansea

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