Gifts from the city to USA and Jamaican track and field team

By on 26/07/2012 in News

At a special civic dinner hosted at the Council House and at yesterday's Jamaica's 50th independence event at the Town Hall, Birmingham's Lord Mayor presented the USA and Jamaican track and field team with gifts from the city.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines, presented ceremonial sterling silver batons created by L. J. Millington – one of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter's long established family owned silver-smithing companies.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines, said: “This is a great moment, to be able to hand over precious metal batons that have been crafted in Birmingham fills me with pride.

“As a city we are able to play host to two training camps for some of the greatest athletes in the world, and now we're able to hand them world-class workmanship from our city's world famous Jewellery Quarter.”

The Birmingham Assay Office contributed in creating the Olympian teams' ceremonial sterling silver keepsake batons.  The batons, similar to those used in an Olympic relay race, were created with laser mark and precise detailed artwork bearing the flags of each country.

Both batons display the unique Queen's diamond jubilee commemorative mark, the Union Jack and the Birmingham 2012 marking.

Michael Allchin, Chief Executive and Assay Master, said: “It is great to have world-class athletes in Birmingham and very fitting that the city should mark their visit here with such an appropriate gift.

“The batons recognise the fantastic athletic achievements with a beautiful contemporary product made by one of Birmingham's longest surviving industries.  It is marked at an Assay Office with innovative 21st century technology. “

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Notes to editors
•    The batons themselves are 38mm in diameter, 280mm in length and contain 344gms of silver.
•    Laser marking the batons as well as the silver plaques which are mounted on oak plinths.
•    About The Birmingham Assay Office – the largest Assay Office in the world, this not-for-profit organisation has been a centre of expert opinion and independent assessment of jewellery and precious metals for nearly 250 years. The Organisation takes pride in its high level of service and the use of the latest technology by all its commercial divisions including: Hallmarking, Jewellery, Watch and Silverware Valuations, the Gemmolological Laboratory, precious and non precious metal testing, product safety and quality assurance services as well as educational training and consultancy.

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