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article imageSam Evans: Big Brother champ 'proud' of his Queen's Baton relay

By Mathew Wace Peck     May 29, 2014 in Sports
Llanelli - Llanelli lad and 2013 "Big Brother" champion Sam Evans has spoken about being included in the Queen's Baton Relay currently making its way across the UK ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games.
Thousands of spectators gathered to see the Queen's Baton arrive in the Welsh towns of Carmarthen, Ammanford and Llanelli on Tuesday.
Among those carrying the torch on this leg of its journey was the 2013 winner of Big Brother, Sam Evans.
The 23-year-old, who carried the baton as the representative for Llanelli and the Gwendraeth Valley, confided that he was "very proud" to do so.
Speaking to the Llanelli Star yesterday, the young man said, "It's a great honour to be asked but I was a bit nervous."
Evans followed his namesake, Non Evans — a former rugby international and competitor at judo, wrestling and weightlifting — who had had the honour of being the opening baton bearer in the town.
Sam Evan s holds aloft the Queen s Baton  Llanelli  2014
Sam Evan's holds aloft the Queen's Baton, Llanelli, 2014
Sam Evans / Twitter
Llanelli's Town Mayor, Councillor Roger Price, spoke of it as a "proud moment" for their town, the baton having bypassed Swansea and the Welsh capital, Cardiff.
He added, "There are a lot of sporting heroes from the town and sport means a lot to people here. We have links to Glasgow with Llangynderyn Church dedicated to Saint Cyndeyrn, the founder of Glasgow."
The Queen's Baton Relay, which similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the world held prior to the beginning of each new Commonwealth Games. As is tradition, the relay begins at Buckingham Palace — the official London residence of the British head of state — forming part of the capital's Commonwealth Day festivities. Queen Elizabeth then entrusts the baton to the first relay runner and the journey to the venue of the games begins.
At the end of that journey, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen (or her representative) at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. The Queen then reads aloud the message that officially opens the sporting event.
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