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LIVERPOOL hosted the Queen's Baton Rally today with a whistlestop tour of the city ahead of next year's Commonwealth Games.

Its arrival in Liverpool held a special significance, coming just 24 hours after the submission of the city's official bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Commonwealth Gold medal gymnast Beth Tweddle and Liverpool's Olympic Bronze medal sprint and relay athlete Anyika Onuora were among those who carried the baton, which carries a message from the Queen.

Among the stop-offs were the Liverpool 2018 Clipper Yacht Race - moored at Albert Dock - and The Beatles statue at the Pier Head.

The final stop was Anfield, where athletes ran around the pitch at half-time in the match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace.

Today's visit formed part of the tour of the Commonwealth nations ahead of the next games, which take place in Australia in 2018.

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|Anyika Onuora and Beth Tweddle (centre), with the Commonwealth baton at the Pier Head, with Louise Martin, Commonwealth Games Federation President, Paul Blanchard, Commonwealth Games England CEO, and Leonie Curwen and Amelia McInis, both aged 10, from St Philip's Primary School, Southport

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 20, 2017
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