BATON RELAY FOR COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi departed from Buckingham Palace, London, on the 29 October 2009. It has travelled through parts of England and will be in Wales before coming to Northern Ireland this Friday. 

The baton will travel through all other Commonwealth nations ( 71 nations)– a historic journey that will cover a distance of more than 170,000 kilometres in 240 days. On its 100 day national tour, the baton will visit the capital of each of India’s 28 states and seven union territories, plus many other cities along the way, covering more than 20,000 kilometres. By the end of its journey, the baton will have traversed over 190,000 kilometres in 340 days, making the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi one of the longest relays in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

The baton will also have passed through thousands of hands, and travelled by different modes of transport across land, air and sea. The relay will conclude after the final Batonbearer enters the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games on 3 October 2010 where Her Majesty’s message will be removed from the baton and read aloud, officially opening the Games.

PROGRAMME FOR THE BELFAST CELEBRATIONS:
Official Baton Party arrives in Northern Ireland accompanied by Mrs Louise Martin Secretary General of Commonwealth Games Federation and leader of the team that was successful in bidding for Glasgow to hold the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Louise was recently appointed Chairman of Sport Scotland.

FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER
0915: Official launch at Killicomaine Junior High School – Portadown. Hand over takes place at school gates. Queen’s Baton Relay (Commonwealth Games) begins

0912  Police stop traffic on Upper Church Lane and Old Lurgan Road (and assist crossing Ballyhannon Road

0915  Killicomaine pupils move to Upper Church Lane and line pavement from school to Killicomaine Road

0920   Official launch of Baton at Killicomaine School Gates

0925   Bocombra PS pupils on Killicomaine Road lining pavement.

0928   Police restrict traffic on Princess Way Killicomaine Estate

0935   Baton enters Princess Way Edenderry PS pupils on pavement

0950   Gilford Road traffic restrictions

0955  Portadown Independent School on Gilford Road

1000   Bachelors Walk

1010   Seagoe Road traffic restrictions Seagoe PS pupils on footpath

1025   Kernan Road traffic restrictions Portadown Integrated Primary

1035   Move by Vehicle to Civic Centre
 

1030:  Finish

1045: Tea in Mayors Parlour Craigavon Civic Centre.
David Beattie & Tom Hewitt Past Medallists (Shooting) photo with Master McGrath statue.
(Deputy Mayor:  Dr Philip Weir)  invited children from other secondary schools in Craigavon area.

1145: Leave for Dungannon

1215: Dungannon Royal School – Photo at Nicholson Statue – possible athlete attendance:  Ashley Givan (Youth Team Table Tennis).   Mayor Robert Mulligan also in attendance

 Lunch at Parkanaur

1430: Enniskillen Town Hall – Meet with Chairman Mr Bertie Kerr . Out on boat for photo of Enniskillen Castle  with Chelsey Wilson double medallist at CommonwealthYouth Games Swimming.

1600: Travel to Omagh

1730  Baton presented at Council Offices to Chairman Mr Patrick McGowan MBE

SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER


1030 Local children and athletes run from Leisure Centre to Townhall
 Coleraine Borough Council. Mayor Gilkinson provides morning coffee for baton party

PM Louise Martin and Ian depart from International airport.

1230: Ballymena – Ecos centre –  Mayor to attend

2/3pm  

5pm N IRELAND V SERBIA  Baton Presented either AT START OF MATCH OR HALF TIME (To be confirmed)

7 Baton arrives at  CITY HALL
7.30  Dinner City Hall 

         
SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER

1400: Baton representatives depart for Isle of Man

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