Shimla: The Queen`s Baton Relay (QBR) for
the forthcoming Commonwealth Games was accorded a rousing
reception today as it entered Himachal Pradesh at Mehatpur
neighbouring Punjab with school children waving tricolours
lining up the route.
The QBR which arrived from Chandigarh was received at
the border by several dignitaries including Una`s Deputy
Commissioner K R Bharti.
"It is a joyous moment for me to be a part of the QBR
and avail the first opportunity to carry the baton to Dev
Bhoomi Himachal", a member of the Indian Hockey team from Una
Deepak Thakur, who carried the baton, said.
The QBR was taken in a procession to the Indira Gandhi
stadium where a colourful cultural programme was also staged
to mark its arrival.
Traversing through the districts of Kangra at
Dharamsala, Hamipur, Bilaspur, Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur
during its three-day voyage, it would be finally handed over
to Uttarakhand authorities on July 6.