In much the same way that the Olympic Torch takes a global journey on the run up to the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games symbol has a very similar journey. On October 9th 2013, the Baton, known as the Queens Baton, began its journey from Buckingham Palace where it headed to Glasgow, en route to India. From India, it has visited a number of Commonwealth countries, covering around 118,000 miles, until it arrived in Scotland on June 14th. The torch is currently going the length and breadth of Scotland before finishing in Glasgow on July 23rd for the official opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2014.
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Design and Pride of the Baton
The overall design of the 2014 baton was intended to take the baton straight back to its traditional roots making it as similar to the original baton as possible. This year, the Queen’s handwritten message was the primary inspiration and her message was emblazoned into the baton so as to be hidden like an inner secret, only hinted at by the internal illumination from the surrounding lattice titanium framework. The cleverness of the design continues in the secreted gemstones that belong to each territory. The gemstones are dispensed to each of the territories using a puzzle mechanism that when correctly manipulated, gives the gemstone by way of an invitation to join in the Games at Glasgow. The curiosity doesn’t end there; there is also secondary mechanism that keeps the message hidden until the very day of the opening ceremony where then, and only then, will the secondary puzzle be revealed.
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The Scottish Leg
We at Crieff Hydro kept a very close eye on the Baton Relay and were thrilled when it came through the town of Crieff on Saturday 5th July. There was a great atmosphere with many locals out to celebrate. As the relay powers towards the final leg, we’re excited to discover what the hidden message is! The Commonwealth Games fun doesn’t stop there though as we have lots of sporting packages to keep you entertained during your stay. With the Games kicking off on 23rd July, your little sporting stars can try their hand at a range of sports from archery to pony riding making an unforgettable experience.