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-Queen’s Baton Relay route through England revealed

-Baton will visit Bromsgrove on July 23

-It will spend 10 days in the West Midlands between July 18 - 28

Wednesday 11 May 2022: The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Bromsgrove during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. 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.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July 2022. Kicking off on Thursday 2 June, the Baton 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.

During its time in Bromsgrove, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Sanders Park and will experience demonstrations from Bromsgrove Gymnastics Club, the Music Bus from Seven Arts and Bromsgrove Festival. This is a celebration of the legacy of the Bandstand where communities have celebrated community voice for decades. It’s the 20th Anniversary of the bandstand this year.

The schedule of activity for the Baton’s time in Bromsgrove includes:

  • 08:59, Baton Relay around the lake, Sanders Park
  • 09:06, Bromsgrove Celebration, Sanders Park

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 in their community. The Birmingham 2022 website will be updated with information over the coming months, with detail on the events and where to line the route.

Bromsgrove District Council Leader Cllr Karen May said: “Bromsgrove is delighted to see batonbearers making their way across the District in what is going to be a phenomenal year. “Having this multisport, international event held just miles from our District is brilliant and we have lots of plans to make it a time to remember, coupled with our celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee which will be a terrific pre cursor to the games.

“I hope all of our residents proudly take the to streets to cheer the batonbearers on and I am delighted that this Council has nominated Leanna who has worked tirelessly to promote disability and sport across the District and beyond. She continues to be an inspiration to us all.”

Thousands of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through England, including those nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community, whether that be in sport, education, the arts, culture or charity. Between 40 and 130 Batonbearers will carry the Baton each day, and the Relay will reach hundreds of villages, towns and cities during its tour of the country.

One of the confirmed community Batonbearers in Bromsgrove is Leanna Horne, who was nominated by the District Council for her inspirational contribution to disability and sport in the area.

The 34-year-old from Rubery, was shocked when she heard the news after not being able to compete in her chosen sport, Club Throw since the end of the 2019 season, despite clinching a Gold Medal in Barcelona in 2018, due to the pandemic.

She said: I am absolutely honoured to have been nominated for this especially as it has been a quiet couple of years for me in a sporting capacity.

“I am also a volunteer performer at the Commonwealth Games, as well as being a volunteer in Athlete Services, so although my sport doesn’t feature, I feel that I am very much involved in this historic event which is right on our doorstep.”

Leanna found her passion for seated throws while at school, starting with Seated Shot in 2002, before adding Seated Discus to her repertoire, before finding Seated Club Throw in 2013. She hopes to continue to inspire others to follow their sporting dream.

She added: “I want to continue to highlight the facilities available in the Midlands and also help to improve those where they are not so good, which could inspire other people to get involved, enjoy and succeed in a sport. Being a baton bearer will help me to do this and I look forward to being a part of the amazing atmosphere.”

It will continue to be a busy year for Leanna as she hopes to be ready to return to the competitive circuit for the start of the 2023 season.

Travelling via land, air and sea, more than 180 communities in England will experience the Queen’s Baton on a route spanning 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres). From energetic cities and historic market towns, to rolling countryside and rugged coastline, the Baton will head as far south as Cornwall and as far north as Northumberland.

Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition for the Commonwealth Games.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton.

Since then, the Baton has visited Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, Oceania. It still has further destinations in the Caribbean, the Americas, and more countries in Europe, including the Home Nations consisting of five days in Scotland, four in Northern Ireland and five in Wales, where it will finish on Sunday 3 July, before returning to England in summer for the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games.

The dates of when the Baton visits each region are:

  • 4 July – 5 July: South West
  • 6 July – 7 July: South East
  • 8 July – 9 July: East of England
  • 10 July – 11 July: East Midlands
  • 12 July – 13 July: Yorkshire and the Humber
  • 14 July – 15 July: North East
  • 16 July – 17 July: North West
  • 18 July – 28 July: West Midlands

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.”

Throughout May, the Queen’s Baton Relay continues its journey through the Caribbean and the Americas, with visits to St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda and Canada, amongst others.

The Queen’s Baton

The Queen’s Baton for Birmingham 2022 was created in a West Midlands collaboration that fused art, technology and science. Made from copper, aluminium and steel, the Baton also features a platinum strand in homage to The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. It is also equipped with cutting-edge technology; 360-degree camera, heart rate monitor, atmospheric sensors and LED lighting.

For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, visit www.birmingham2022.com/qbr. The information provided on the route through England is subject to local authority approval and therefore could be subject to change.