Queen’s Baton leaving Buckingham Palace in March 2017.

 

Anguilla preparing for

Queen’s Baton arrival

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ANGUILLA–On Wednesday, June 28, the Queen’s Baton for the Commonwealth Games will arrive in Anguilla from St. Kitts.

The relay began at Buckingham Palace on March 13 when Her Majesty the Queen handed the Baton to the two-time Olympic champion cyclist Ann Meares, the first of many thousands of baton bearers who will be part of the Baton’s journey around the Commonwealth leading up to the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast 2018. The Queen’s Baton Relay is the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games since its inception in Cardiff in 1958.

  Chief Minister Victor Banks said “We are delighted Anguilla has been granted the honour of hosting the Baton Relay. It is not only an exciting event for the local community, the Relay is an opportunity to highlight and promote the Games through international media interest.”

  The Anguilla Commonwealth Games Association President Kenn Banks said, “The Queen’s Baton Relay is something that everyone should be a part of. I encourage everyone to turn out, see the Baton, join in the festivities and cheer on the baton bearers.”

  On Thursday, June 29 the Relay Baton in Anguilla will be carried by past and present Anguillian athletes and includes visits to many places of interest around the island. It will start from Zemi Beach by car and proceed by donkey and on foot to the Vivien Vanterpool School and the Island Harbour Pier and Morris Vanterpool School.

  It will go by foot through The Valley by Anguilla Electricity Company Ltd. ANGLEC, the Police and Government Offices as well as the Social Security, National Commercial Bank of Anguilla (NCBA) and the Post Office. On Friday it will be taken by car and on bicycles to many more of the schools in the Valley and in the West of the island. It will go to the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School, the North Hill village, North Hill boat builders and Blowing Point.

  The Queen’s baton is on a 388-day relay covering more than 140,000 miles and will visit every Commonwealth nation on its way to the Games, being hosted by the Australian Gold Coast in 2018. Inside the baton is a message from the Queen which will be read at the opening ceremony of the Games in April next year.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/67037-queen-s-baton-leaving-buckingham-palace-in-march-2017

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