Games Relay begins journey through East New Britain

first_imgby Quintina NaimeThe Relay headed out to the old Rabaul town and into Simpson harbour this morning and is now in the Duke of York Islands before a run through Kokopo town this afternoon.The baton arrived in the province yesterday to a massive welcome from the community.It flew into Tokua airport along with the victorious SP Hunters who got the opportunity to get a photo with the baton, and was met at the airport by Governor Eraman ToBaining Jr and  former governor-general Sir Paulius Matane.The baton visited the famous Bitapaka War Cemetery where it was carried in by the caretaker through a guard of honour formed by the local community.Local children then ran a relay with the Baton around the cemetery garden walls.A Tolai youth then took the Baton over his head and took part in the Tolai whip dance initiation with village elders, including Sir Paulias  cracking the cane  whips across his torso.The Relay then drove out to the border of the Pomio District to be escorted across the 30 year old temporary bridge over the Warangoi River.The Pomio community led by new MP Elias Kapabore and two Pomio Tumbuans walked the bridge before handing the Baton back to the Tolai community, accompanied by yet more whip dances.The relay then ended the day at Kalabond Stadium for the Agmark Gurias, visiting team the Snax Tigers and the local crowd to see the Baton.The Relay will spend five days in the province visiting communities, schools and villages.last_img read more