Friday, 9 April 2010

Turks and Caicos Islands: CWG baton's 46th stop

The Queen’s Baton on its way to visiting 71 Commonwealth countries in 340 days in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, to be staged in October, made its 46th stop on Sunday, April 4, when it arrived in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Baton arrived from The Bahamas via British Airways flight in the company of a handful of delegates including the Paul Thapar – the Dehli 2010 representative. They were met at the Providenciales International Airport by His Excellency Governor Gordon Wetherell, and members of the TCI Commonwealth Games Association, including Rita Gardiner, Sheryl-Ann Shand, Nicola Jordon, Latoya Skippings and Shenwell Gardiner.

A brief ceremony was held shortly after the Baton arrived in Provo, where members of the welcoming committee as well as the delegation gave short speeches on their take on the instrument circling the globe prior to the Games.

The Baton made its tour of the Turks and Caicos Islands when it was flown to the country’s capital Grand Turk. On its arrival there, another brief ceremony was held at the JAGS McCartney International Airport.
Shortly following the ceremony, a motorcade headed by horse drawn carriage was held along the streets of Grand Turk and ended at the Parade Ground. There the Governor’s speech was read, followed by the Sports Permanent Secretary speech. The Cadets as well as the Girls Guide were also on parade to mark the event.

In the afternoon, the Baton and its delegation were ferried to Salt Cay, were the group was treated to a craft demonstration, among other activities, before returning to Providenciales.

On Monday, they were ferried to North Caicos from which they also visited Middle Caicos. Events on both islands were held in their honour, including the visitation of the Caves in Middle Caicos.

In the afternoon the delegation returned to Providenciales for a farewell party in their honour. That event included a cultural display by the renowned TUCA Cultural Group, led by Director of Culture David Bowen. The group gave their audience a taste of the rich cultural heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Director for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board, Ralph Higgs, was also on hand to present the members of the delegation with gifts, which included memorabilia of the Turks and Caicos Islands.


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