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6th of February 2018
Queen's Baton Relay at Parkes
Queen's Baton Relay is a relay around the world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. Day 35 of the relay saw the baton start in West Wyalong, travel to Forbes, and end at Parkes, with the baton being passed from runner to runner as it passed through each town. The baton ended the day with Parkes local, Darrin Gibson, who brought it to the Dish at the beginning of Day 36. The baton travels around Australia, passing through all states and territories, before reaching the Gold Coast for the start of the Games on April 4th. The image above shows Darrin at the edge of the 64m dish, with the 18 metre (60 foot) diameter Kennedy antenna, used in the 1960s and 1970s, visible to the left of the image. (Image credit: John Sarkissian)

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