Big day for tiny town

IT may have been listed as the smallest town to host the Victorian leg of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay, but Murrabit and district residents made up for it with a celebration to remember.

More than 100 people gathered at the town's group school on Friday to see the baton and cheer on 10 people selected to carry Queen Elizabeth II's message.

Prior to the official proceedings, Murrabit Group School students showed off their sporting talents before joining Lake Charm Primary School pupils in welcoming the baton bearers and the baton.

Those given the honour included Koondrook residents Lachlan Lyons and Max Molloy, former Gannawarra Shire Council Citizen of the Year, Julie Davey, fellow Kerang resident Cheryl Dove and Mont Albert charity marathon runner, Timothy Price.

Five Murrabit residents also ran with the baton, with former group school principal, Neil Hopkins – who ran alongside his former pupils with the baton – given the honour of starting the day's proceedings.

Murrabit Lawn Tennis Club secretary, Sara McNeil joined the local group, with three members of the Morton family – Angela, her husband, Simon and his father, Terry – given the honour of running with the baton along the main street of the town.

It was the second time in seven years the town has received international recognition, following Prince William's visit to the district after major flooding in 2011.