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See the Baton tour Manchester

23 July 2002

Get a bit of the brilliant Baton in Manchester as it and a host of celebrities tour the city on 25 July.

Gordon Burns

TV presenter Gordon Burns with the Baton in Manchester

On Thursday 25 July, The Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay will complete its record-breaking journey as the longest relay in history when it finally reaches City of Manchester Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the XVII Commonwealth Games.

On the 50th and final day of its journey around the United Kingdom, the Relay will begin at Manchester City Town Hall at 05:45am and make its way through Rusholme and Moss Side to Manchester City Football Club (06:35am).

The Relay will continue through Fallowfield (06:46am), Withington (07:14am), Didsbury (07:25am), Cheadle (08:00am). In Cheadle, netballer Tracy Neville will pass the Baton to brothers and Manchester United footballers Phil Neville (08:55am) and Gary Neville (09:00am on Altrincham Road.

The journey continues through Altrincham (09:52am), Sale (10:32am) and Trafford (11:27am) where the Baton will visit Old Trafford, Lancashire County Cricket Ground and Manchester United Football Ground. It will also stop at the Imperial War Museum at Trafford Wharf.

The Relay will continue in the afternoon through Salford (01:05pm) before former athlete Diane Modahl brings it to Salford Quays where it will board a canal boat to cruise the city’s canals all the way to Great Ancoats Street. The Baton will travel by canal boat from Salford to Pomona Lock, on to Castlefield, Deansgate Locks, Bridgewater Hall, Canal Street and Piccadilly Basin before it disembarks at Great Ancoats Street.

From here, the Baton will be taken to the Stadium in preparation for its starring role in the Opening Ceremony where The Queen will take her message from within it to officially open XVII The Commonwealth Games.

Precise street level details can be viewed here

“The Baton’s journey over 137 days, travelling around 24 Commonwealth nations and then 50 days around the UK has been a fantastic build up to what will be a wonderful Commonwealth Games,” said Ms Di Henry, Event Director for The Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay.

“The people of the British Isles have taken the Baton to their heart and those 5,000 runners who have carried it over 5,000 miles should be very proud of their part in getting the Baton to the Opening Ceremony.

“The Baton’s pulsating lights began with the heartbeat of Her Majesty, The Queen and have reflected those of kings, princes, prime ministers, sporting legends, celebrities and community heroes. On Thursday evening, the Baton will return to Her Majesty to complete the circle and bring all that goodwill to the opening of the Games.”

The Baton can be traced as it makes its way from the Town Hall to the City of Manchester stadium, by logging on to the Manchester 2002 global positioning system (GPS) which keeps a record of the Baton’s exact location as it makes its journey around the United Kingdom.

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