Isle of Man’s pride at hosting Games baton

Steam train driver Tommy Brown and fireman Paul Rothwell take their turn with the baton

Steam train driver Tommy Brown and fireman Paul Rothwell take their turn with the baton

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The Queen’s Commonwealth Games baton visited the Isle of Man at the weekend bringing excitement to Castletown, Laxey, Peel and Douglas.

The baton arrived on Friday touching down at Ronaldsway before embarking on the first leg of its journey to the Old House of Keys in Castletown.

The Commonwealth Games baton arriving at the old House of Keys

Claire Christian, President of Tynwald, with the baton and Tara Donnelly
The Commonwealth Games baton arriving at the old House of Keys Claire Christian, President of Tynwald, with the baton and Tara Donnelly

There was also a visit to Castle Rushen before it left for Douglas via steam train, pulled by the Caledonia which was built in Glasgow.

BBC TV’s The One Show, being filmed live at the Villa Marina Colonnade, was the next stop for the baton.

On Saturday, the baton was at the Manx Youth Games being held at the NSC before visiting the Isle of Man Post Office and the Manx Telecom shop.

It then went to Laxey MER Station and took the mines train to the Laxey Wheel before a walking relay took it into the village.

The Commonwealth Games Baton visiting Castle Rushen

'Clyde' & a group of Victoria Road pupils
The Commonwealth Games Baton visiting Castle Rushen 'Clyde' & a group of Victoria Road pupils

Sunday saw a trip to Peel’s House of Manannan and a journey down the harbour in a viking longboat to the RNLI station before the visit ended with a flotilla in Douglas Inner Harbour.

Douglas Council leader David Christian said: ‘The Council was delighted the baton was coming to Douglas.

‘It gave many people the opportunity to see it and encourage them to get behind the Manx team.

‘We put all the Commonwealth flags up opposite the Villa Marina for the BBC The One Show, which was a great advert for Isle of Man PLC.

The Commonwealth Games baton arriving at the old House of Keys

Allan Bell CM with Juliette Holt (President, Commonwealth Games Association of the Isle of Man)
The Commonwealth Games baton arriving at the old House of Keys Allan Bell CM with Juliette Holt (President, Commonwealth Games Association of the Isle of Man)

‘It was great that it was here and part of the opening ceremony of the island Youth Games at the Bowl on Saturday, a terrific annual event showcasing the best of Manx youth, the arrival of the baton at such an event will encourage them to strive for greater success.

‘The Council wishes the Manx team all the best in Glasgow and look forward to them returning to their homeland with many medals.’

Peel Commissioners chairman, Ray Harmer, said: ‘It was a great occasion with a cheerful, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

‘It was wonderful for Peel and it was so good to see the young people get involved. The Vikings played their part brilliantly by seizing the baton and rowing off with it up to the lifeboat! The event went really well and Clyde the official mascot added to the fun.’

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Commonwealth Games Baton arrives at Laxey.
Baton leaves Laxey Staion to go to the Laxey Mines Railway.
Commonwealth Games Baton arrives at Laxey. Baton leaves Laxey Staion to go to the Laxey Mines Railway.
Commonwealth Games Baton arrives at Laxey.
Group of children with Baton at Laxey Mines Railway.
Commonwealth Games Baton arrives at Laxey. Group of children with Baton at Laxey Mines Railway.
The Commonwealth baton arriving in Peel
The Commonwealth baton arriving in Peel
The Commonwealth baton arriving in Peel
The Commonwealth baton arriving in Peel
Commonwealth Games Baton boat floatila around Douglas Bay.
Lara Ward in the rib ready to set off around the bay.
Commonwealth Games Baton boat floatila around Douglas Bay. Lara Ward in the rib ready to set off around the bay.
 

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