The ceremonial Commonwealth Games relay baton was on display in London on Monday (7 January).?
The ceremonial Commonwealth Games relay baton was on display in London on Monday (7 January). The baton was handed over to the New Zealand High Commissioner, Mr. T. H. McComb, by Murray Halberg, New Zealand's gold-???edallist at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games in the 5,000 metres event.
The baton, made by Mr. John Black, s Christchurch jeweller, is fashioned in gold, silver and greenstones. It took Mr. Black over 200 hours to make the baton, which has the Commonwealth Games emblem, together with the words "Xth. British Commonwealth Games" and "Christchurch 1974" embossed in gold on its 10-sided sterling silver body.
The ends of the baton consist of polished silver discs, one engraved with the Commonwealth Games symbol -- a gold crown ringed by a 10-link chain -- and the other, the Christchurch city coat-of-arms.
Later this week, Mr. Halberg will travel to Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth's Norfolk residence, to receive a message which he will carry in the baton to Christchurch. The message will be read at the opening of the Games by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The baton will be flown to Auckland from London, a journey of 13,000 miles (21,000 kilometres). From Auckland it will begin a 12-day, 885 mile (1,425-kilometre) journey through New Zealand in the hands of a succession of relay runners reaching Christchurch in time for the opening ceremony. Once the Games are over, the baton will find a permanent home in the National Museum in Wellington.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremonial relay baton for this year's Commonwealth Games, to be held in Christchurch, was delivered to New Zealand House in London on Monday.
The Games, which begin later this month, are the tenth in the series -- held once every four years in a major Commonwealth city.
Murray Halberg, New Zealand's fifteen hundred-metre gold medallist at the 1960 Rome Olympics, handed the baton over to the New Zealand High Commissioner Mr. H. T. McComb.
The gold, silver and greenstone baton is the work of a Christchurch jeweller. It took him over two hundred hours to make it. On Wednesday, Murray Halberg will take it to Queen Elizabeth's country residence, where he will receive a Royal message to be put inside the baton. The message will be read by Prince Philip when he opens the Games.
Embossed on top f the baton, the Commonwealth Games symbol.
When it arrives in New Zealand, the baton will be taken from Auckland to Christchurch by a series of runners.