Monday, 9 November 2009

Air Balloon ride for Queen's Baton at Twickenham

The Queen's Baton got its first experience of air travel when a trapeze artist, suspended from a heliosphere (air balloon) carried it around the packed Twickenham Stadium, venue of the England-Australia rugby international on Saturday. It was the last day of its stay in England during its epic journey.

After the trapeze artist held the baton and made the crowd hold its breath with her daredevilry, it was carried around the stadium by four English Rugby 7s players and received an enthusiastic reception from the 80,000 spectators.

Sgt Paul Davies of the 2nd battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusili held it when the teams lined up for the National Anthems. Earlier, before the crowd came into the stadium, the Australian players showed much curiosity in the baton that is a blend of hand-crafted design and modern technology.

Earlier, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed message to the athletes of the Commonwealth in the baton and handed it over to India's President Patil.

The baton has traveled to Manchester, Cannock, Sheffield, Droitwich, Birmingham, London and Newham where the venues for the Olympic Games 2012 are coming up before moving to Twickenham.

The baton is now due to move from England to Wales on its 190,000 km journey around the Commonwealth, spreading the message of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, the host city's majestic heritage and India's fascinating potential as a sporting, tourist and investment destination.


Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails we are in

Sport Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory blogarama - the blog directory Sports blogs blog directory Blog Directory Golden - Links Web Directory Blog Collector Free Website Directory

Blog Directory Blog Directory

Follow this site

Link exchange | Internet Marketing