Orange is set to erupt into Commonwealth Games fanfare on Tuesday as the Queen’s Baton Relay passes through the city.
There will be jumping castles, face-painting, games and family-friendly entertainment to mark the historical occasion.
Since the Queen’s Baton left Buckingham Palace in London in March last year, it has journeyed through Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania before arriving in Australia. The baton arrives in Orange on the morning of Tuesday 30 January on its way to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast on April 4.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said there were plenty of opportunities to see the baton, take photos and spur on the baton bearers as they carry the baton from Orange High School, Calare Public School through to the Sir Neville Howse Indoor Sports stadium in Byng Street.
“I’d encourage everyone who is available to line the streets and cheer our 18 baton bearers on as they represent the central west in the international relay,” Cr Kidd said.
“The best vantage points are in Robertson Park, on the Museum roof, at the Anzac Park stadium (PCYC), or of course Summer Street as it passes through.
“We’re incredibly lucky to have been chosen to host the baton. The last time we had the honour was in 2006. So, rally your friends or colleagues and hopefully you’re able to get down to the main street between about 10am and about 10.40am join in the community spirit. The runners come down summer street from 10.34am to 10.42am)
“Put on your Aussie memorabilia, or indeed the colours of any country participating in the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast and be part of history.”
Residents can attend two community events involving the baton, the first, on the Orange Regional Museum (at about 10.48am) is the official welcome from Mayor Reg Kidd as well as Member for Orange Phil Donato and Member for Calare Andrew Gee.
Cr Kidd encouraged people to then jump in the car and head to the second community event, which was a bit more relaxed.
The second community event, at the ANZAC Park sports stadium will involve a free concert by and stand-up show by comedian Sean Murphy (staring at 9.30am), a barbecue, jumping castles, face painting and craft while families await the arrival of the 900 metre long baton convoy at about 11.19am.
Once it pulls up, there will be plenty of opportunities to take photos.