Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay to visit Hereford, Gloucester, Worcester and Bridgnorth

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 12:05am

By Shaun Moore - Commonwealth Games Reporter @Shaun_Moore

The Queen's Baton will visit Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire this July as part of the 16th official Queen's Baton Relay.

In England, the Queen's Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

Kicking off on Thursday 2 June, the Baton Relay will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend. The Baton will then resume the international journey and return to England on Monday 4 July to commence a 25-day tour of the regions.

The baton is set to visit Hereford on 5th July and be taken around key areas of the city. It will also visit Worcester, Kidderminster, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Malvern, Gloucester and Cheltenham in the same month.

Phil Batty, Director of Ceremonies, Culture & Queen's Baton Relay, said: "Whilst the Baton has been travelling across the Commonwealth, we have worked closely with Local Authorities in England to devise a route that engages with hundreds of communities, passing sport venues, historic sites, local schools and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yet the Queen's Baton Relay is far more than just a journey. It symbolises connecting people from every corner of the Commonwealth, celebrates Batonbearers who take on challenges, and marks the countdown the biggest sporting event in West Midlands history. And by the time the Baton returns to England for the final leg, 71 nations and territories will have already experienced the magic that comes with it.

"We hope that communities across the country join the excitement, attend events near them, line the streets to cheer on our incredible Batonbearers and celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games."

Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin DBE said: "The Queen's Baton Relay symbolises hope, solidarity and collaboration across the Commonwealth at a time when it is needed most. It continues to inspire people wherever it goes and creates huge excitement for Birmingham 2022 as it journeys towards the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on July 28."

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