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Falkland Islands turns out to receive the Commonwealth Games Queen's baton

Monday, March 10th 2014 - 20:50 UTC
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MLA Summers holding the baton surrounded by children (Pic by FIOGA) MLA Summers holding the baton surrounded by children (Pic by FIOGA)

The Queen’s Baton promoting the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year received a hearty welcome in the Falkland Islands, as residents grouped on the Stanley public jetty at 6.30pm on Thursday 27 February when it was hurtled to Stanley from HMS Clyde.

 The Baton arrived in the MOD air-bridge and after a tour of the Mount Pleasant complex was moved by a SAR helicopter to HMS Clyde.

The first to take the baton was the Captain of the Clyde Lieutenant Commander Sarah Oakley before it was passed to Chair of the Falkland Islands Overseas Games Association MLA Mike Summers.

The following day the Baton was relayed between local sports clubs all the way from the Lady Liz, including a trip in an Islander aircraft, and back to Stanley. Included in the relay were the Golf Club, the Community School, Port Louis, Volunteer Point and Kidney Island, the day ending with a reception at Government House.

Another tour followed on Saturday culminating in a visit to the stone corral and touching base with Motocross riders on the way.

It was checked in at Mount Pleasant Airport and left the Islands at 3pm March first.

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  • toooldtodieyoung

    “The first to take the baton was the Captain of the Clyde Lieutenant Commander Sarah Oakley”

    Are all the Captains in the Royal Navy called Sarah??? Can't you get to drive a ship these unless you are called Sarah?

    It's another good piece of publicity for the Falklands Islands.... Can't wait for the day they send their own team to the games!!!

    Mar 10th, 2014 - 09:05 pm 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    This news is two weeks old Merco Press. From memory I am out of shot by about 1 metre in that photo above; lucky for everybody.

    G'day Too Old!

    Mar 10th, 2014 - 09:13 pm 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    2 Joe Bloggs

    Morning Joe!!! I hope everyone is well. It hasn't rained here for 3 days now, everyone at work is asking themselves whether this is the summer come early or whether it's just a break in between storms....

    Still, I took a leaf out of your book and spent the morning on Saturday in the garden, never again!! Those weeds are tough to pull up you know.. Mrs Tooold and I even managed to coax / lure Offspring 1 out of his pit to help, with the promise of a beer if he actually got his hands dirty.....

    Kids huh? I used to be one myself y'know........

    Mar 10th, 2014 - 09:25 pm 0
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