Northern Ireland

Queen's Baton Relay on third day of tour of Northern Ireland

Bog snorkelers with the Baton at Peatlands Park, Dungannon Image copyright Glasgow 2014
Image caption Bog snorkelers with the baton at Peatlands Park, Dungannon

The Queen's Baton Relay is continuing its visit to parts of Northern Ireland on the third day of its four-day tour.

The baton has been to Belleek, County Fermanagh, Peatlands Park in Dungannon, Portadown and the Goodyear Sports & Social Club.

It will then make its way to Lurgan on Thursday evening, Tandragee and end up at Rathfriland.

The relay visited the Giant's Causeway on Wednesday and then travelled by boat up the River Foyle in Londonderry.

The Queen's Baton Relay is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games and has been included in the games programme since the Cardiff games in 1958.

Image copyright Glasgow 2014
Image caption The baton visited Belleek Pottery (r) and the tower at Devenish Island, County Fermanagh on Thursday

It contains a sealed message from the Queen that will be read out at the opening ceremony.

The baton was presented to Northern Ireland's first minister and deputy first minister on the steps of Stormont by Dame Mary Peters on Tuesday.

It has been on an extensive journey around the world, visiting 63 nations and territories of the Commonwealth in the past seven months.

By the end of the relay, the journey will have taken 288 days over a distance of 118,000 miles (190,000km).

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