Queen’s Baton brought to Kandy
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic flame was brought to Kandy by a special train on Saturday. It was received by Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake.
The Queen’s Baton was then accompanied by sportsmen and women of Kandy. Earlier, a traditional welcome was held offering betel leaves to sportsmen and women who arrived at Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa.
The Baton was taken along Dalada Veediya from the Kandy railway station and was taken up to the Boat House. It was taken in a boat around the Kandy Lake accompanied by Chief Minister Ekanayake.
From there, the Baton was taken to Sri Dalada Maligawa by Chief Minister Ekanayake through the Maha Wahalkada. It was received by Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilananga Dela at the Drummers Hall and was taken to the area where the inner shrine is located.
Flowers were placed at the steps of the shrine.
From there, the Baton was taken to various other religious places such as Pulliyar Kovil, Catholic Church and the Islamic Mosque.
The Queen’s Baton stayed in Sri Lanka for two-days starting from Saturday. The Queen’s Baton relay is on an epic journey through the 71 members of the Commonwealth, across all continents.
The Baton which embodies Glasgow and Scotland’s culture, history and innovation in its design and construction, includes the Queen’s message for the Games.
The Baton arrived in the country from Pakistan and was taken to Colombo on a special motorcade. A ceremony was held at the Independence Square where a group of 20 children took the Baton and ran around the Independence Square before taking it to the West Minister’s House, the residence of the British High Commissioner for a special reception where a special first day cover and four specialized postage stamps were issued to mark the occasion.
The Baton stopped at Veyangoda, Polgahawela, Rambukkana and Kadugannawa railway stations where special receptions were hosted by communities and made a visit to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
“We made all arrangements to celebrate the arrival of the Queen’s Baton,” said General Secretary National Olympic Committee (NOC) Maxwell de Silva. “We want to make it a unique experience for those visiting delegates and give them a positive impression of the country,” he added.
Courtesy: Daily News