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Commonwealth Baton comes to Causeway Coast

Ryan Cecil pictured with the commonwealth baton as it leaves Ballycastle for Rathlin Island. PICTURE BY KEVIN McAULEY INBM22-14

Ryan Cecil pictured with the commonwealth baton as it leaves Ballycastle for Rathlin Island. PICTURE BY KEVIN McAULEY INBM22-14

The Commonwealth Baton arrived in Moyle last week as part of its worldwide journey to Glasgow for the start of the Commonwealth Games in August.

Ryan Cecil carried the Commonwealth Baton as it left Ballycastle headed for Rathlin Island with school children cheering it on. The baton had already been carried across the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and had paid a visit to the Causeway Stones before making its way to Ballycastle.

The baton contains a sealed message from Queen Elizabeth II that will be read out at the opening ceremony in Glasgow.

Her Majesty placed it inside the baton on 9th October last year during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Since then, the baton has travelled around the Commonwealth.

By the end of the relay, the journey will have taken 288 days over a distance of 118,000 miles (190,000km).

The baton has been on an extensive journey around the world, visiting 63 nations and territories of the Commonwealth in the past seven months.

After visiting the Commonwealth countries in Asia, it travelled through Africa and the Americas before it made its way back to Europe.

 
 
 

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