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Games baton bound for central Melbourne

13/03/2006 10:05:35 PM Comments (0)

The Queen's Baton Relay arrives in central Melbourne for a street party on the eve of the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

The baton will leave Box Hill, in Melbourne's east, just before 7am (AEDT) before moving to Melbourne's inner east suburbs to complete its journey in central Melbourne just after 6pm (AEDT).

Many of the Games' athletes will get their first look at the baton when it is carried through the Village just before 11am (AEDT).

Celebrity runners include former Skyhooks band member and ABC radio host Red Symons, AFL legend Garry Lyon and new Nine Network chief Eddie McGuire, who will carry the baton along Flinders Street to a stage at Federation Square.

America's Cup-winning skipper John Bertrand will then take the baton along Swanston Street just after 6pm (AEDT), and champion Games' hurdler Jana Pittman will complete its journey to the stage on Bourke Street mall for the official evening ceremony.

Organisers are expecting tens of thousands of people to welcome the baton in central Melbourne.

The evening ceremony will include performances from singer Christine Anu, Mark Seymour, True Live, Dexter and Rogue Traders. There will also be pyrotechnics displays.

The baton has travelled across 71 Commonwealth nations and will complete the final leg of its journey on Wednesday when it reaches the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Opening Ceremony.

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