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Commonwealth baton in Barbados

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Commonwealth baton in Barbados

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BARBADIAN athletes carried the message which the Queen Elizabeth II will deliver at the Commonwealth Games in July when they took to the streets this morning running the Queen’s Baton Relay.
The Queen’s Baton relay is a tradition of the Commonwealth Games, symbolising the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories for the four-yearly festival of sports and culture. It was launched last October 13 at Buckingham Palace at a ceremony in which the Queen inserted her message to the Commonwealth into the baton.
This morning scores of schoolchildren lined the streets cheering on the runners.
The relay will visit 70 nations, covering 190 000 metres over 288 days. The baton arrived from Guyana last night.