2 DAYS TO GO!
UNTIL THE QUEEN’S BATON ARRIVES IN GRENADA.
On March 8th, 2014 the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Grenada from Barbados. Grenada is the forty fourth (44th) of its 71 Commonwealth destinations. It will provide an integral link when it welcomes the Baton as it travels on one of the most engaging relays in the world. Today the baton is currently travelling through the Island of Barbados.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games and has been an inclusion in the Games program since the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games in Wales. The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 9 October 2013, when Her Majesty the Queen handed over the baton.
Her Excellency, Dame Cecile La Grenada G.C.M.G is expected to receive the Baton at the VIP Lounge of the Maurice Bishop International Airport on March 8th, 2014 at approximately , where a brief welcome ceremony is planned to officially mark the arrival of the Baton to Grenada. Minister of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs, Hon. Emmalin Pierre and other officials will also be in attendance to welcome the Queen’s Baton to Grenada. The Baton will then be taken on an island tour to visit local landmarks. A series of activities is planned to mark the occasion including a road relay. The Baton will also be treated to a display of cultural activities in the various parishes. On March 10th, the Baton will travel to the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique where it will be treated with more festivities and fanfare before returning to the mainland the same evening for its departure to Trinidad and Tobago on March 11th, 2014.
As part of its epic journey, the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will traverse the length and breadth of the Commonwealth visiting all 71 nations of the Commonwealth covering 190,000 kilometres in 245 days. The baton will travel throughout Asia, Oceania, Africa, Americas (south), the Caribbean, Americas (north) and Europe. The baton will then complete the final part of the journey in Scotland where the baton will spend a total of 40 days.
The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will conclude during the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games on . During the ceremony, the final baton bearer will hand the baton back to Her Majesty, or Her representative. The message is then removed and read aloud, officially opening the Games.
For further information about the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay contact the GOC’s office at 435- 3015 or visit: www.glasgow2014.com/baton-relay