Media Release – 6 Days to Go
UNTIL THE QUEEN’S BATON ARRIVES IN MALTA
In just seven days on the of 7TH May 2014 the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive from Cyprus. The Queen’s Baton is covering all the 70 Commonwealth destinations and is presently in Canada. Malta will provide an integral link when it welcomes the baton as part of the most engaging relay in history.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games and has been an inclusion in the Games program since the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games in Wales. The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 9 October 2013, when Her Majesty the Queen handed the baton to Alan Wells, the Scottish sprinter who won gold in the men’s 100m at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, as the first of many thousands of batonbearers to carry the baton around the globe.
Secretary General of the Commonwealth Games Association of Malta, Mr Joseph Cassar said that he is delighted that Malta has been granted the honour of hosting the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay, bringing with it the opportunity to highlight and promote the city via the accompanying media attention. “Planning is already well under way to celebrate the arrival of the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay in our community. For many months we have been working very closely with the CHOGM 2015 Task Force as well as with the British High Commission in Malta. We look forward to seeing many locals join in the festivities and turn out to cheer on the relay’s batonbearers.”
The programme for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Malta is as follows:
14.20 Arrival MIA
15.30 Visit to the office of the Prime Minister
16.00 The Baton will move towards the War Memorial and turn towards City Gate, proceed down Republic street, turning up towards Merchant Street, and ending at the upper Barrakka Gardens. From here it will then take the lift down to the jetty and cross over to Birgu
17.00 Birgu (Here the baton will be met by the mayor and there will be a small activity in co-ordination with the local council)
17.50 Visit Inspire for a disability sport showcase.
Thursday 8th May
8.30 Departure from Cirkewwa by Gozo Channel
9.15 Visit to Ggantija (Minister for Gozo to welcome the Baton)
9.45 Visit to Dwejra
10.30 – Rabat School – activity with younger school children
12.45- Mgarr Gozo back to Malta on Gozo Channel
17.00 – Siggiewi and Zebbug
As part of its epic journey, the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will traverse the length and breadth of the Commonwealth visiting all 7o nations of the Commonwealth covering 190,000 kilometres in 248 days. The baton will travel Asia, Oceania, Africa, Americas (south), the Caribbean, Americas (North) and Europe. The baton will then complete the final part of the journey in Scotland where the baton will spend a total of 40 days.
The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will conclude its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games on 23 July 2014. During the ceremony, the final batonbearer will hand the baton back to Her Majesty, or Her representative. The message is then removed and read aloud, officially opening the Games.
For further information about the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay visit: www.glasgow2014.com/baton-relay