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Northern Irish kids reach out to help get Commonwealth Games under way

By Joanne Sweeney

It's an historic sign which heralds the coming of the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow this summer.

The games' famous baton came to Northern Ireland yesterday as part of its journey of celebration throughout the Commonwealth's 70 nations.

The baton – which contains a sealed, secret message written by Queen Elizabeth – will travel through all six counties in Northern Ireland by Friday. It will be carried short distances by schoolchildren in several locations over the coming days.

Yesterday's route was launched in Stormont by First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, along with Dame Mary Peters and Chris Jenkins, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games, and Robert McVeigh, chairman of Commonwealth Games NI.

Today the baton will be visiting the Co Antrim coastline before moving to Londonderry and Enniskillen in the evening.

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