2002 Commonwealth Games

The 2002 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XVII Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Manchester 2002 were held in Manchester, England, from 25 July to 4 August 2002.

As was the tradition, started in 1958, the Queen’s Baton containing a personal message from Elizabeth II was carried across all 23 commonwealth nations. It arrived in Perth, Australia on the 20 April 2002 and left for New Zealand on the 27 April 2002.

One of the highlights of the relay was the baton being carried around a rain sodden MCG at half time in the ANZAC Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon in front of 82,000 fans and the players from the “little league”. One of the athletes was former Collingwood star, Peter Diacos. First Class Collectables produced a cover to commemorate the event, shown in the banner.