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Games Baton’s busy schedule

Queen Elizabeth II places her message to the Commonwealth in the Commonwealth Games Baton, during its launch ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on October 9. (Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Wire)

Queen Elizabeth II places her message to the Commonwealth in the Commonwealth Games Baton, during its launch ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on October 9. (Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Wire)

 

The Commonwealth Games Baton will get the full VIP treatment when it arrives in the Isle of Man on Friday.

The baton is scheduled to arrive at Isle of Man Airport just after midday, following a four-day trip to the Channel Islands.

First stop on the itinerary is the Old House of Keys in Castletown, where it will arrive at 12.30pm, before taking the steam train – pulled by the Glasgow-built Caledonia - to arrive at Douglas Railway Station at 3.45pm.

Next it will make a guest appearance on the BBC television programme The One Show, at 7pm, which is being broadcast from the Villa Marina with presenters Chris Evans and Alex Jones.

Saturday morning will see the baton travel to the Manx Youth Games at the NSC at 10am, before heading at 11.45am to Regent Street post office and the nearby Manx Telecom shop.

At 2pm it arrives at Laxey station and will be taken by the Mines Railway to the Laxey wheel. It will then be carried by walking relay back to Laxey village, leaving at 4pm.

On Sunday, at 8.30am, it will visit the TT cycling time trial starting at the grandstand. Then, at 11am it travels west to the House of Manannan in Peel where, weather permitting, it will be taken by Viking longboat to the RNLI lifeboat station. In the afternoon, it heads back to Douglas for its final engagement, at 2.30pm, as a passenger on one of a flotilla of boats which is to head from Douglas inner harbour into the bay and round the Tower of Refuge - again, weather permitting.

The baton will travel on to Northern Ireland (May 20-23), Wales (May 24-30), England (May 31-June 13) and Scotland (June 14-July 23).

On July 23, the baton will arrive in Glasgow for the opening of the 20th Commonwealth Games, when it will be opened and a special message inside it from the Queen will be read out.

It will have completed a 248-day journey which started last October, covering more than 100,000 miles and passing through 70 countries.

 

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