By St Helena Government writer
The Queen’s Baton has arrived at St Helena island, the 40th stop in its relay around the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
The baton stops at the island for two days en-route from Cape Town to Ascension Island, accompanied by sports officials, a BBC team and a photojournalist.
It was brought ashore from the RMS St Helena and received by His Excellency Governor Capes at the wharf on the morning of 19 February 2014, with schoolchildren and members of the public looking on.
Prince Andrew School students relayed the baton up the 699 steps of the Ladder before it was brought back to Jamestown by members of New Horizons youth group.
The Queen’s Baton was then officially received in the Governor’s Office and by Members of St Helena Legislative Council.
HE Governor Capes said: “The people of St Helena are delighted to be included in the Queen’s Baton Relay and I am sure that the team accompanying the baton will receive a warm welcome as the baton tours our Island.
“And after the pleasant five-day journey from Cape Town on the RMS St Helena, I have no doubt that our visitors will be excited to see the beauty of St Helena and to meet as many as Saints as possible.”
The baton then began making its way around various assembly points on the island, where the community has been encouraged to take part in this international event by touching and viewing the baton.
It was due to visit all schools, Longwood House, the airport site, the Community Care Complex, the disability charity SHAPE, the hospital, and Plantation House – to visit the island’s oldest resident, Jonathan the tortoise.
The baton will leave on the RMS St Helena on Friday 21 February, bound for her next stop at Ascension Island.
This is the third time St Helena island has participated in the Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations. The first baton visited in May 2005 and the second in February 2010.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport.
The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the 20th Commonwealth Games. Over a period of 288 days the Baton will have visited 70 nations and territories and covered 190,000 kilometres.
The finish line is in the host nation, Scotland, where it is due to arrive just in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow on 23 July 2014, where Her Majesty The Queen will read aloud a message to the Commonwealth.
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