Baton Relay

Ten years ago for the VMCC’s 60th anniversary, a baton rally was held whereby a wooden baton travelled all over the country from section to section to commemorate the occasion. This year being the 70th anniversary a similar event has been organised. This year’s baton is metal, in fact part of the forks of a motorcycle. This was made by Rodney Hann our President. The object of the event is for one section to receive the baton from another, ride through their area with it and pass it on to the next section. This ensures that all Sections are involved in the celebrations.

Tuesday May 24th 2016
Today we received the baton from Devon Section. A group from Cornwall arrived at Red Post, near the Devon/Cornwall border and met with the Devon Section to received the baton from them.

Pat Clancy from Cornwall Section receiving the baton from Dermot, Chairman of Devon Section

Pat Clancy (left) from Cornwall Section receiving the baton from Dermot, Chairman of Devon Section

From here we rode to a local garden centre for a coffee stop and then rode onto to Mawgan Porth for lunch.

Lunch at Mawgan Porth

Lunch at Mawgan Porth

Lunch at Mawgan Porth

Lunch at Mawgan Porth

The baton continued on, accompanied by many riders, along the coast to West Cornwall and spent the night in Penzance.

Wednesday 25th May 2016
This morning, Celia flew with the baton to the Isles of Scilly on a twin Otter Skybus and returned on a single Otter Skybus. This trip was organised by John Jilbert of the Cornwall Section and Stuart Brint from Skybus. On their return the baton was taken to Land’s End for a photo shoot.

Celia at the isles of Scilly Airport

Celia at the Isles of Scilly Airport. She came out of the arrivals door and went straight into departures. Confused or what!!

Celia just stepped off the Skybus at Land's End airport

Celia just stepped off the Skybus at Land’s End airport

The baton safely back on the mainland

The baton safely back on the mainland

The official Land's End photograph

The official Land’s End photograph, kindly taken and supplied, by Courtwood Photographic Ltd.

After leaving Land’s End the baton was taken along the South Coast of Cornwall stopping at various places, reaching East Taphouse in the late afternoon.

East Taphouse, waiting for the baton to arrive

East Taphouse, waiting for the baton to arrive

From here it journeyed through the seaside town of Looe and onto the Torpoint ferry where we met our friends from the Dartmoor Section and handed the baton over to them.

Celia handing the baton to Brian from Dartmoor Section

Celia handing the baton to Brian from Dartmoor Section

In total Celia Hore, our Chairwoman, and the baton travelled a total of 355 miles over two days. Many members accompanied her over different sections of the rides. Thanks must go to Mike Champion for organising the route and riders for Tuesday’s ride and thanks to Peter Lee for doing the same for Wednesday’s ride.