Emirates Old Trafford to host Queen’s Baton and Commonwealth Games England
Lancashire County Cricket Club and official kit supplier Kukri Sports are pleased to announce the appearance of the Queen’s Baton at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 18 August. The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspiring community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.
The baton will proudly undertake a lap of honour before Lancashire Lightning’s NatWest T20 Blast clash against Birmingham Bears (7pm start).
As part of its journey, the baton will visit every Commonwealth nation and territory covering almost a third of the world’s population. Placed within the Baton is a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.
The Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where Her Majesty, or a representative, will remove the message from the Baton and read it aloud to officially open the Games.
Kukri is immensely proud of their partnerships with Commonwealth Games England and Lancashire County Cricket Club where together, they will be welcoming the Queen’s Baton to Emirates Old Trafford.
Supporters attending the fixture at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the baton at the Kukri marquee, between 5-6pm, which will be positioned outside the Emirates Old Trafford Megastore. Kukri will be giving away Team England goody bags and signed merchandise on the evening too.
Kukri are also hosting a ‘Meet the Players’ event in the Emirates Old Trafford Megastore at 6pm on Friday where two Lancashire Lightning players will be around for supporters to speak to and get autographs and photographs with them.
Sales Director, GB & Europe of Kukri Sports, Danielle Jordan Taft said: “Kukri is delighted to have the opportunity to host the appearance of the Queen’s Baton at Emirates Old Trafford, which is an incredible venue. It will be hugely memorable occasion, with an once in a life time opportunity for everyone attending, to feel part of what's sure to be an unforgettable experience.”
Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games England, Paul Blanchard said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a big moment for England in the build-up to next year’s Games. Our partnership with Kukri will ensure Team England look great when we get to Australia and I’m delighted that it has led us including Manchester and Emirates Old Trafford on the baton route.”
Chief Executive of Lancashire County Cricket Club, Daniel Gidney said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the Queen’s Baton will be making an appearance at Emirates Old Trafford. It is our final NatWest T20 Blast fixture of the summer, and along with our Bails and Ales Festival taking place as well on Friday, this is a fantastic opportunity for supporters to come down and meet some of the country’s top athletes.”