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Bradford district to welcome The Queen’s Baton Relay as the full route is revealed

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit the Bradford district during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16 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 show-stopping sport near 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.

It will then resume the international journey and return to England on Monday 4 July to commence a 25-day tour of the regions

On 12 July 2022, the Bradford district will officially welcome the Baton.

A busy schedule of activities and events are planned for the Queen’s Baton Relay, with opportunities to highlight untold stories from Baton bearers who are striving for change in their community.

During its time in Bradford, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Lister Park in Manningham at 3pm, before making its way to Roberts Park in Saltaire at 3.45pm

The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days.
Image: Getty images

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.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said: “We’re so excited that the Bradford district has been chosen as one of the places for the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games. The Baton will be welcomed into the district at Lister Park before travelling to Roberts Park in Saltaire and will be accompanied by a cycling relay made up of people from across the district. We’d love local people to come to either of the parks or cheer the relay on along the route.”

Phil Batty, Director of Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay added, “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”.

Thousands of Batonbearers with inspiring backgrounds and stories will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through England, including those recognised for their contribution to local communities.

Travelling via land, air and sea, between 40 to 130 Batonbearers will carry the baton each day, and 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 market historic towns to rolling countryside and rugged coast, the Baton will head as far south as Cornwall and as far North as Northumberland.

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”.

The Queen’s Baton held up by Pakistan Batonbearers
Image: Victoria Jones (Getty Images)

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 the four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadena Cox, who had the honour of being first of the thousands of BatonBearers.

Since then, the Baton has visited Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, and 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 Saturday 3 July, before returning to Egland in Summer for the final Commonwealth Games countdown.

Mr Batty, Director of Ceremonies, Culture, and Queen’ Baton Relay said “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 of the biggest sporting event in West Midlands history”.

Throughout May, The Queen’s Baton Relay will continue its journey through the Caribbean and the Americas, with visits to St Kitt’s and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda and Canada, among others.

The dates of when the Baton will visit 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

 

For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, visit www.birmingham2022.com.qbr

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