Baton with royal seal

The Queen’s Baton Relay to
celebrate the XIX Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 passed through Cayman last
week.

It arrived from Jamaica before
moving on to Nassau.

The longest relay in the world, the
baton left Westminster Buckingham Palace on 29 October, 2009, to begin its
340-day journey over 190,000 kilometres to Delhi, site of the Commonwealth
Games.

It will spend the first 240 days
travelling through the 70 nations of the Commonwealth before spending the final
100 days in India, visiting each capital city of its 28 states and seven union
territories.

The Cayman Islands was the 44th
country it passed through.

The baton is a twisted helix of
aluminium painted on the outside by the varying soils of India. Its colours can
be changed and when in Cayman the colours of the national flag were shown.

On the inside is a jewel-encrusted
box with a message to the athletes from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Delhi 2010 baton relay will end
on 3 October, when the final runner arrives at the Jawharlal Nehru Stadium in
Delhi.

The Queen’s Baton visited the
George Town and West Bay Primary Schools on Wednesday and was present at the
Gateway of India restaurant that night.

It also went to the CITN studios before
a relay run along Seven Mile Beach started at Centennial Towers, West Bay with
a number of runners including Dalton Watler, Cydonie Mothersill, Michael Letterlough,
Eddie McLean and Gabe Rabess, ending at Cardinal Avenue in George Town for a
reception with music provided by the Thanks and Praises Band.

Minister of Sport Mark Scotland
gave a welcoming speech as did West Bay MLA Cline Glidden Jnr.   

That night there was another
reception at the Governor’s residence. It left on Good Friday afternoon for the
Bahamas.  

Donald McLean, president of the
Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, said: “The baton’s passing through here went
extremely well. We were complimented by the regional vice-president for how
well we organised it all. The baton passed through 14 Caribbean countries and
we were the only one to have the relay along the beach.”

At the start of the
relay run McLean joked: “This baton is fitted with a GPS so we will always
track it down, so don’t try stealing it!” Thankfully, nobody did.

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