Full details have been announced for the Isle of Man leg of The Queen’s Baton Relay, which as an integral part of the build-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this summer.
The Queen launched the relay at Buckingham Palace on October 9 and that signalled the start of the Baton’s 118,000-mile journey to all Commonwealth nations and territories – including a visit to the Isle of Man in May.
The baton will arrive here on May 16 from the Guernsey and Jersey legs of the relay and will be accompanied by a BBC TV film crew.
Inside the baton is the monarch’s message to the Commonwealth, which will remain hidden until the opening ceremony.
The Manx itinerary is as follows:
Friday May 16:
Baton and mascot arrive at Ronaldsway in the afternoon to be greeted by Commonwealth Games Association officials and politicians.
The baton party travels to Castletown and the Old House of Keys to be met by the President of Tynwald, chairman of the commissioners, and representatives of Manx National Heritage.
Procession from castle to Castletown Square.
Baton arrives in Douglas via steam railway.
Baton on display at a Team Isle of Man fundraising dinner at the Villa Marina.
Saturday, May 17:
Baton attends Manx Youth Games at NSC. The baton will be carried onto the athletics track accompanied by some Team Isle of Man competitors selected for Glasgow 2014, and young athletes competing in the Manx Youth Games.
Around midday the Baton arrives in Regent Street, Douglas, for photo opportunities with the public and to be met by VIPs.
Baton arrives at Laxey Station and is met by the Speaker of the House of Keys, MHKs, and representatives of heritage groups. The baton will take the mines train to the waterwheel and then onto the Cornmill, and a walking relay to Laxey village.
Baton goes via the Mountain Railway to the top of Snaefell.
Sunday, May 18:
At around 9am the baton will be present at the Colin Nelson Mountain Time-Trial cycling race which starts and finishes at the TT Grandstand.
Later in the morning the baton visits House of Manannan and is met by chairman of Peel Commissioners, and representatives of Manx National Heritage.
In the afternoon the baton visits Moore’s kipper factory.
Visit to Douglas Yacht Club with the Baton party taking to the water leading a flotilla including (depending upon the weather) sailing to the Tower of Refuge.
Monday, May 19
Visits during the day to the offices of companies which are paying to support the games, and known as Team Isle of Man Champions.
The baton then flies from Ronaldsway to Northern Ireland.
It will leave on Monday May 19 and continue to its journey with the next stop being Northern Ireland.
The relay will culminate at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 23.
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