Thursday, March 02, 2006
The Queen's Baton
Queen's Baton comes to Geelong, our town.
We are looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and to see the Fiji teams coming to Melbourne. In our local paper there is a write-up today about Fiji, including a pic of Serevi and the rugby players from Fiji.
The baton comes to our town today. The first Queen's Baton was created for a relay to celebrate the Cardiff 1958 commonwealth Games in Wales. At present it is going around Australia on the last lap and today it will reach the City of Geelong. Thee are 71 countries in the Commonwealth, the Queen as head. The 71 lights on the baton indicate the 71 nations. At Eastern Beach and the Waterfront there will be a huge party which includes the arrival of Karak, the mascot black cockatoo!
To start the official welcome there will be an Aboriginal welcome by members of the Wathaurong tribe. Our city is at the forefront of celebrating a multicultural Australia and the Aboriginal flag has been flying at our waterfront for a few years now.