Luxury hotel and spa, The Metropole in mid Wales, is marking the arrival of the Commonwealth baton in Llandrindod Wells on May 25, with a festival of Commonwealth wines.
Wines showcased include a sun-packed Chardonnay from Australia, a classic, peachy Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a juicy, tannin rich Saam Mountain Pinotage from South Africa – the perfect partner to roast beef.
On Sunday 25 May, triple gold medallist, Kirsty Wade, 52, will carry the Commonwealth baton through Llandrindod Wells, her home town, and the place where her passion for running was born.
The former Llandrindod High student recalls that it was the cross-country element of her PE lessons, taking her through Rock Park, that made her realise that she loved running.
She went on to win the 800-metre gold at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, and two golds at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games in the 800-metres and 1500-metres events.
In the build-up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July this year, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit 71 nations in seven months.
Justin Baird-Murray, MD at The Metropole, said:
“We felt that the arrival of the baton in our town, carried by our very own champion, was a cause for celebration. The Commonwealth baton will only spend seven days in Wales, so we are proud that it will finish the second leg of its journey here.
“We have chosen a selection of whites and reds to suit different tastes, and hope the crowds will turn out to cheer Kirsty on, and enjoy a glass of Commonwealth good cheer with us afterwards.”
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source: Nerys Lloyd-Pierce