BREAKING NEWS: message from Queen arrives in Hucknall

SPECIAL MESSAGE -- members of the Boys Brigade take part in a nationwide baton relay at the miners' statue in Hucknal. Pictured are local youngsters Matthew Barratt, of the 18th Hucknall group and Phoebe Cowley of the 28th Bestwood  Village group

SPECIAL MESSAGE -- members of the Boys Brigade take part in a nationwide baton relay at the miners' statue in Hucknal. Pictured are local youngsters Matthew Barratt, of the 18th Hucknall group and Phoebe Cowley of the 28th Bestwood Village group

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A MESSAGE from the Queen in a silver baton reached Hucknall on Tuesday on an Olympic torch-style epic journey across the UK.

The Queen, as patron of the Boys’ Brigade (BB), received her annual loyal greeting from the brigade in her Diamond Jubilee year and sent a reply to the BB’s national council.

The reply was handed over personally and the BB is delivering its message to its members in an unusual way.

The baton began its journey at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday August 14 and is being passed from one BB batallion to another in a variety of unusual ways.

It first travelled through Scotland and then on to Northern Ireland. It then visited the Republic of Ireland before being flown to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where it began its trip throughout England before it reaches London on Saturday September 15.

The message will be opened and read out by the BB’s national president, Lord Griffiths, before the national council’s annual meeting.

BB secretary Steve Dickinson said: “Brigade companies were challenged to come up with innovative ways to get the baton around the country. We have tried to involve as many young people as possible and the baton is being conveyed by sea, land and air.

“It is travelling by steam train, tractor, scooter, canal boat, ferry and vintage coach as well as being carried by runners. The baton is being met at each of the transfer points and we are delighted that this involves civic dignitaries.

“Young people of the BB are very excited about it all. This is such a special event for them and something they can talk about for the rest of their lives.”

The baton was transferred by Robin Hood train from Mansfield to Hucknall, where a ceremony took place on the site of the town’s mining statue on Station Road.

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