▲ Image: Rohey Malick Lowe, Lady Mayor of Banjul
The Queen’s Baton Relay Cruises Around The Gambia
The Queen’s Baton touched down in the Gambian capital at Banjul International Airport ahead of its two-day visit. While in Gambia the Baton witnessed the country’s ecological efforts and cruised down a river surrounded by the native wildlife.
On Wednesday morning (20 October), Vice President Dr Isatou Touray ran with the Baton to McCarthy Square, where speeches were delivered by Abdoulie M. Touray, former Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice President (Africa), Alhaji Dodou J. Joof, President of the Gambia National Olympic Committee, and David Belgrove OBE, the British High Commissioner to the Gambia.
The Baton continued its route, beginning at the Square and exploring the streets of Banjul, delving into the local culture. People from the community lined the streets to see the Baton pass through, some onlookers welcomed the Baton’s arrival beating drums, creating an electric atmosphere.
▲ Image: The river cruise
The Baton stopped to visit the Banjul Beach Coconut Project, a program that hopes to preserve and protect the coastline by planting hundreds of coconut trees.
The Baton then attended the Mayor’s Palace and was welcomed by Rohey Malick Lowe, the Lady Mayor of Banjul, who is the first woman to have ever been elected to the position. She carried the Baton to Denton Bridge and handed it over to the Lord Mayor of the Kanifing Municipality.
On Thursday morning, Bakary Sanyang, Governor of West Coast Region received the Baton at Abuko Craft Market and Nature Reserve, a popular hotspot for bird watching. The Baton passed through many local communities before spending some time at the Governor’s Office in Brikama.
After a visit to a women empowerment project site, which aims to encourage entrepreneurship within the women of the community, the Baton departed to Lamin Lodge where it boarded a boat to cruise down the river surrounded by mangroves and an abundance of different bird species.
The Queen’s Baton Relay’s next stop is Sierra Leone on 23 October.