The Baton Comes to Sark
The Commonwealth Baton came to Sark this week as part of its journey around all 71 nations of the Commonwealth, a relay that began on 9th October of over a hundred thousand miles. It arrived from Alderney on the Guernsey Lifeboat and Guernsey sportsman Ollie Downing brought it ashore met by Seneschal Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman and Andrew Bache, president of the Sark Sports Club. It was passed to sixteen-year-old Catherine Doyle, the oldest pupil at Sark School and a keen runner. Followed by a crowd of well wishers, Catherine paraded the Baton along the Avenue to the Island Hall and it was then taken into Sark School for a short assembly where the pupils learnt about the Commonwealth Games. After some games on the field with visiting sportsmen all of Sark School’s pupils then took part in a relay to carry the baton to the flagpole where the Commonwealth Flag was flying. It brought back happy memories for Sue and Paul Williams who, along with Gary Clarke and Peter Cox, carried the baton around Sark prior to the 1986 Commonwealth Games. The Baton, which contains a message from the Queen, continued its journey on to Herm and will then tour the rest of the British Isles arriving in Glasgow on 23rd July for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
Pictures by Sue Daly