Queen’s Baton Relay: On to Scotland

The finale of tonight’s Commonwealth relay event marked the end of the baton’s stay in England, but a small piece was left behind.

Unlike the Olympic Torch, there is just one baton and it contains a special message from the Queen to the Commonwealth, held in place by a commemorative gemstone and kept hidden inside until it is read out at the opening ceremony of the Games, which start in Glasgow on July 23.

Chris Jenkins, left, and Adam Paker.

Chris Jenkins, left, and Adam Paker.

But in what is hoped to be a new tradition, a small piece – a gem – from the baton was left behind in England before it headed up to cross the border.

This special moment was overseen by Adam Paker, chief executive of Commonwealth Games England, and Chris Jenkins, Commonwealth Games Federation regional vice-president for Wales, who both spoke about the baton’s journey.

See next Thursday’s Gazette for a full report and pictures of the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton Relay in Alnwick.