Queen's Baton arrives in NI

Published Tuesday, 20 May 2014
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The Queen's Baton, which heralds the beginning of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, has arrived in Northern Ireland for a four-day tour.

Queen's Baton arrives in NI
The baton stopped off at Stormont during its tour. (© Presseye)

The baton has, so far, traversed the world as it visits the Commonwealth countries ahead of the opening of the games on 23 July.

It left Buckingham Palace in October and within it is a message - a calling to competition - from the Queen.

At special ceremonies it will be passed to the baton bearers and on Tuesday it was welcomed by the First and deputy First Minister.

It will tour around Northern Ireland, visiting many of the landmark sites, schools and special functions before continuing on its journey towards Scotland.

Conal Heatley from Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council said: "This brings the games into perspective, we are so close to their opening.

"We have some of our team selected and there will be more announced and this brings it home to us how important the games really are.

"The Games are important because they bring all the countries together, from those large countries to the small Pacific islands, and puts them on an equal footing as a commonwealth of nations."

He added: "Not only is the baton a sporting event, but it also presents us the opportunity to promote Northern Ireland."

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