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The baton visits Admiralty Arch where Inspector Derek Vickers holds it aloft
Queen’s Baton returns to London after a week

LONDON: The Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi returned to London on Wednesday and visited the Charring Cross tube station where poppy sellers (for the poppy appeal) Brian Coombs and Mike Clarke held the baton, the Tower of London where beefeaters Richard Sands and Terry Humphries held it and the Admiralty Arch where Inspector Derek Vickers held it aloft.

Earlier in the week, it made a fleeting trip to Manchester and Birmingham, among other towns and cities in England. Athletes and civic dignitaries gathered at the City of Manchester Stadium to take hold of the Queen's Baton as it is relayed around the world for Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi.

The baton was in Manchester outside the stadium that hosted the Games in 2002 by a host of athletes including Chris Newton from the Great Britain cycling team, 400m runner Andrew Steele and squash player Laura Massaro. Emerging athlete Shauna Thompson and Manchester's Lord Mayor Alison Firth also greeted the baton on behalf of the city.

Meanwhile, Wrexham which is the baton’s first stop on its journey through Wales is excited about its impending return after 2002. The baton will be formally received by the Mayor, Councillor Arwel Gwynn Jones, on Monday, and will be carried through the town centre to the Guildhall on Llwyn Isaf by international sports stars supported by local high school children.

Olympic gold medallist rower Tom James, former Welsh footballer and Wrexham FC manager Dean Saunders, Commonwealth Welsh record holder Lowri Tynan, Paralympics dressage rider and 2012 hopeful Natalie Povey, number one ranked Boccia player in Wales Gareth Stafford and Commonwealth foil fencer Caroline Benson are among the Batonbeaers.

The excitement is palpable in the Isle of Man, which will become the fourth Commonwealth nation to host the Queen's Baton Relay between November 15 and 18, just over two weeks after leaving Buckingham Palace. It will visit the Island with a number of public viewings available.

Many local festivities are planned and include a visit to all of the schools, giving every child the opportunity to see the baton. A reception is being hosted by Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks on the Monday and a formal ceremony will be conducted on Douglas promenade on November 17. The occasion will feature potential IoM 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games athletes and 11 Gateway Games competitors who will parade the Baton.