Glasgow 2014: Queen's baton completes Manx journey

Queen's baton completes four-day Manx journey

The Queen's Commonwealth Games Baton will depart for Northern Ireland on Tuesday after four days in the Isle of Man.

The baton, which contains a message from the Queen, was taken to a number of landmarks and was carried by members of the Manx Games team.

Team manager Trevor Taubman said it was "fantastic that so many people had come out to greet the baton."

During the visit the baton was in Castletown, Peel, Laxey and Douglas.

Isle of Man shooter Lara Ward said it is a "real honour to carry."

Ms Ward was the final carrier as the baton was taken on a flotilla of boats in Douglas harbour on Sunday.

Queen's baton relay Athlete Lara Ward holds Commonwealth Games Baton as she leads a flotilla in Douglas Bay
Queen's baton relay Paul Desmond held the Baton at Moore's Traditional Curers Kipper Yard in Peel

Earlier in the day it had been carried on board a Viking Longboat in Peel, visited a kipper factory and travelled on a lifeboat.

Peel lifeboatman Juan Owens said: "It was heavier than I expected, but great fun".

On Saturday, the baton was carried to the top of the Laxey wheel and the island's mountain Snaefell.

It also travelled on the Isle of Man steam railway.

The Commonwealth Games is the highest level at which a Manx sportsman or woman can represent the Isle of Man.

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