The Queen’s Baton Relay passes through St Lucia next month

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The Eastern Caribbean island of St Lucia will play host to a leg of The Queen’s Baton Relay next month as the build-up continues to the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow, Scotland, Jamaica’s Observer reports.

Local organisers say the Baton Relay, described as “the most engaging relay” will be staged from March 16 to 18.

The relay, a curtain raiser to the games, is a tradition that symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations for the event held every four years.

Over a period of 288 days the baton will visit 70 nations and territories, cover 190,000 kilometres and will involve a third of the world’s population.

Last October, the Queen’s Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace, at a ceremony where Her Majesty, The Queen, placed her message to the Commonwealth inside the baton.

The baton will be relayed by thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth from Sydney Harbour Bridge and the forests of Rwanda to the Pacific Islands and the Rocky Mountains of Canada.

The relay will finish in the host nation Scotland, in time for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow.

For the original report go to http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/The-Queen-s-Baton-Relay-passes-through-St-Lucia-next-month

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