A Cheshire man has told how he carried a baton to promote the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff 60 years ago – and would love to do it again this year.
Memories of that day have been stirred with the announcement of the UK wide route for the baton relay for the Games in Glasgow 2014.
As a 15-year-old lad, Ron Martin, now of Ellesmere Port, was a keen athlete from Holywell when he got the chance to carry the baton for the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958.
Now 70, he said: “I was quite a good athlete and I wanted to take part in the baton relay. I wrote to the Commonwealth Games organisers and was proud to be selected to be a baton bearer in North Wales.”
It was a straightforward task for middle distance runner Ron, who pulled on his shorts and vest for the occasion.
He said: “I carried the baton for the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff for a mile along the coast road in Greenfield and Talacre towards Rhyl.”
In later life, Ron, who once lived in a children’s home in Whitford, became a maintenance worker for nuclear and conventional power stations at Wylfa and Dinorwic Stations among others then switched careers to become a court bailiff in North Wales.
The former baton carrier, now living in Matterhorn Road, reckons he’ll watch the 2014 Games on TV like the rest of us.
But he wouldn’t mind a repeat performance if invited to join the 2014 baton relay.
“I would love to carry the baton again,” he admits.
The XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow take place from July 23 to August 3.