Commonwealth Games baton piped through St Helier

Smiling Jersey Pipers
Image caption The Jersey Pipers prepare to lead the Queen's Baton along St Helier's King Street

The Commonwealth Games baton was piped around St Helier on Monday as it spent its first full day in the British Isles.

The Jersey Pipers led the baton on a procession through streets still bedecked with flags from Saturday's Liberation Day celebrations.

The baton arrived in Jersey on Sunday after a tour of Commonwealth countries.

It was due to conclude its round-island trip at Fort Regent on Monday evening.

The baton was carried from Government House to Springfield Stadium and along King's Street, as part of its two day visit to the island.

Image caption Drummers of the Jersey Pipers pipe band led the procession down King Street
Image caption Islanders took centre stage when the baton came to St Helier
Image caption Jersey Bailiff Sir Michael Birt, left, inspects the Commonwealth baton
Image caption Alan Cross is president of the Jersey Commonwealth Games Association

On Tuesday the baton will travel by boat to Guernsey and will tour schools there the following day.

The baton will be taken to the other main Channel Islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm on Thursday.

It then travels to the Isle of Man and on to Northern Ireland, Wales and England before ending its journey with a 40-day tour of Scotland.

The baton contains a message from the monarch, which will be revealed at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Games in Glasgow on 23 July.

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