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The Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi at Twickenham in the England-Australia rugby match on 7 November 2009. The baton was displayed to t
Queen’s Baton gets a heliosphere ride in Twickenham

TWICKENHAM: The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi got its first experience of air travel when a trapeze artist, suspended from a heliosphere (air balloon) carried it around the packed Twickenham Stadium, venue of the England-Australia rugby international on Saturday, the last day of its stay in England during its epic journey.


After the trapeze artist held the baton – and made the crowd hold its collective breath with her daredevilry – it was carried around the stadium by four English Rugby 7s players and received an enthusiastic reception from the 80,000 spectators.


Sgt Paul Davies of the 2nd battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusili held it when the teams lined up for the National Anthems. Earlier, before the crowd came into the stadium, the Australian players showed much curiosity in the baton that is a blend of handcrafted design and modern technology


In the week that it has been in England since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed her message to the athletes of the Commonwealth in it and handed it over to President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the baton has travelled to Manchester, Cannock, Sheffield, Droitwich, Birmingham, London and Newham where the venues for the Olympic Games 2012 are coming up before moving to Twickenham.


The baton is now due to move from England to Wales on its 190,000km journey around the Commonwealth, spreading the message of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, the host city’s majestic heritage and India’s fascinating potential as a sporting, tourist and investment destination.

Sgt Paul Davies holds the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi as the National Anthem is being played while the English rugby team lines up