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Join the Albert Square Baton party

23 July 2002

Music, dance, stars and the Baton – there's something for everyone in Manchester's Albert Square on 24 July.

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There’s something for everyone at the celebration to welcome the arrival of The Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay to Albert Square on Wednesday evening.

The fun gets underway at 4:30pm on the stage and giant viewing screen in front of the Manchester City Town Hall, with video highlights of the Baton’s travels throughout the Commonwealth and the United Kingdom to set the mood.

At 4:35pm, Manchester’s multi-cultural flavour kicks the show off – Indian Folk Dancers will lead a range of musical and dance acts which will showcase all styles of sounds. These include:

  • Mike Shaft and Mahogany Dancers

  • Cultural Fusion Choir

  • Ukrainian Dancers

  • Gary Cooke

  • Tribute Band La Caj

  • Kuljit Bhamra and Heritage Punjab Dance Troupe

  • Youngs Town

  • Shikisha

  • United Colours of Sound

  • 10cc’s Graham Gouldman and Friends

The Baton will arrive at 6:50pm, carried onto the stage by Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs and Manchester City’s Stuart Pearce. The football heroes, watched by dignitaries including Steve Cram and Trevor Brooking, will then place The Baton on a pedestal to start a climactic special effect. Radio One’s Mark & Lard will interview Giggs and Pearce before official speeches of welcome from the Chairman of Manchester 2002 Limited, Charles Allen and the Lord Mayor.

A spectacular finale will include aerial displays by Walk The Plank and a joint performance by United Colours of Sound and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman and Friends to conclude the show at approximately 7:10pm.

“It's great to be involved in the Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay Celebration,” said Mark and Lard.

“So many people in the city have worked so hard to make this happen, it's an honour to be part of it. Delivering a live show on Radio 1 is something we're used to but it will be brilliant to be able to see the audience - and hopefully they won't be too disappointed in seeing us both in the flesh!"

The route by which the Relay will travel through Manchester to the city centre was today marked with large, bright orange and black stickers to mark the points at which runners will take their turn with The Baton.

Also announced today are other high profile runners for Wednesday including champion superbike rider Carl Fogarty, swimmer James Goodman who will represent England at the XVII Commonwealth Games, Coronation Street’s Georgia Taylor, television and radio star Terry Christian and BBC’s GMR’s Jack Dearden.

Spectators are advised to plan where along the Relay’s route they will watch the Baton pass and to get to those points well before the Relay is due to arrive in order to get a front row view from the pavement.

“You can watch the Baton pass through Manchester by the roadways or come along to Albert Square to enjoy an entire evening of entertainment and witness that extraordinary moment when Ryan Giggs and Stuart Pearce arrive on stage,” said Ms Di Henry, Event Director of The Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay.

“Bring the whole family along to share this once in a lifetime experience - the Baton arriving in your own home town as it hosts the Commonwealth Games.”

The Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay, which is proudly presented by Cadbury, has travelled 5,000 miles through 500 towns and cities over its 50 day journey around the UK on the way to the Opening Ceremony of the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester on July 25.

The Relay will make its way through the City of Manchester on Wednesday along the following route:

5:22pm Ashton Old Road (A635)
6:00pm Great Ancoats Street
6:21pm Miller Street
6:27pm Corporation Street
6:28pm Hanging Ditch
6:29pm New Cathedral Street
6:30pm St Mary Gate
6:36pm Deansgate
6:47pm Brazennose Street
6:50pm Albert Square

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