sport, stage and screen are lining up to carry the Baton as the
Relay continues its journey around the UK.
The baton is
currently touring the north east and over the past few days has
been carried by opera singer Lesley Garrett, snooker hero and world
champion Peter Ebdon, the irrepressible Sir Jimmy Saville and world
record breaking athlete Steve Cram.
Cram, who is
Chairman of the English Institute of Sport, said ďThe relay is a
part of that inspirational experience and itís fantastic to see
the crowds greeting the Baton around the country - particularly
the young people. Iíve had lots of success as an athlete but itís
enormously rewarding to be amongst these people and to feel the
publicís energy and excitement about the Relay and the Games - itís
a real buzz.Ē
Other big names
who are carrying the Baton later this week include including Ian
Botham, Barry Sheene, Tracey Edwards, Tessa Sanderson, Lawrence
Dallaglio and Phil Greening, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Sally Gunnell
and Floella Benjamin.
And while the
celebrities naturally attract attention, cricketing legend Ian Botham
paid his own tribute to the many thousands of runners who will also
be carrying the Baton: "The Queenís Jubilee Baton Relay is a fitting
tribute to the unsung heroes in our communities. Thousands of people
who devote their lives to making other people's lives that much
better, for no reward. This is their moment to shine and I am pleased
to be involved because of this."
Click here for
the full UK route
or read Harriet's Diary
as she follows the baton.