Full details have been announced for the Isle of Man leg of The Queen’s Baton Relay which as an integral part of the build-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this summer. Her Majesty The Queen launched the relay at Buckingham Palace on October 9 last year and that signalled the start of the Baton’s 118,000 mile journey to all Commonwealth nations and territories – including a visit to the Isle of Man in May. The baton will arrive here on May 16 from the Guernsey and Jersey legs of the relay and will be accompanied by Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 mascot, and a BBC TV film crew. It will leave on Monday May 19 and continue to its journey with the next stop being Northern Ireland. The relay will culminate at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 23, 2014. Inside the baton is Her Majesty’s message to the Commonwealth which will remain hidden until the opening ceremony.
The Isle of Man itinerary has now been announced by the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association (IOMCGA) with the highlights being as follows:
Friday 16 May 2014
Baton and mascot arrive at Ronaldsway early in the afternoon to be greeted by IOMCGA officials, Chief Minister, and the Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure.
The Baton party travels to Castletown and the Old House of Keys to be met by the President of Tynwald, Chairman of the Commissioners, and representatives of Manx National Heritage. There will also be activities for children and a chance to meet Clyde the mascot.
Procession from Castle to Castletown Square.
Baton arrives in Douglas via steam railway.
Baton on display at a Team Isle of Man gala evening fundraising dinner at the Villa Marina.
Saturday 17 May 2014
Baton and Clyde attend Manx Youth Games at NSC. The Baton will be carried onto the athletics track accompanied by some Team Isle of Man competitors selected for Glasgow 2014, and young athletes competing in the Manx Youth Games.
Clyde and Tosha (the Manx Cat mascot for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games) will take part in the opening ceremony of the Manx Youth Games and lead a warm-up session for competitors.
Around midday the Baton arrives in Regent Street, Douglas, for photo opportunities with the public and to be met by VIPs.
Baton arrives at Laxey Station and is met by the Speaker of the House of Keys, MHKs, and representatives of heritage groups. The Baton will take the mines train to the Lady Isabella waterwheel and then onto the Cornmill, and a walking relay to Laxey village.
Baton goes via the Mountain Railway to the top of Snaefell for tea with various VIPs and guests.
Sunday 18 May 2014
At around 9am the Baton will be present at the Colin Nelson Mountain Time-Trial cycling race which starts and
finishes at the TT Grandstand.
Later in the morning the Baton visits House of Manannan and is met by Chairman of Peel Commissioners, and representatives of Manx National Heritage.
In the afternoon the Baton visits Moore’s kipper factory.
Visit to Douglas Yacht Club with the Baton party taking to the water leading a flotilla including (depending upon the weather) sailing to the Tower of Refuge.
Monday 19 May 2014
Visits during the day to the offices of companies which are Team Isle of Man Champions. The Champions initiative is a vital part of Team Isle of Man’s fundraising campaign for the Glasgow 2014 Games. The Baton then flies from Ronaldsway to Northern Ireland.