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Leader of Kirklees Council “thrilled” about Huddersfield selection for Queen’s jubilee relay

Huddersfield is one of 180 communities the baton will visit in England.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Huddersfield as one of many stops on its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.

The Baton has already begun its epic journey across the Commonwealth. It will have visited Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the Americas, before it returns to England in July 2022 for the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games.

On its journey through Yorkshire and Humber, the Queen’s Baton will visit Huddersfield on Tuesday 12 July.

Cllr Shabir Pandor is thrilled that Huddersfield was selected to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

A Games tradition, the Queen’s Baton Relay, celebrates, connects and excites communities from across Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games. And in England, provides the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement of Birmingham 2022.

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said: “I’m thrilled that Huddersfield has been chosen as a destination for the Queen’s Baton Relay, as part of its incredible journey through England this summer.

“The backgrounds and stories of the baton bearers, chosen for their contributions to their local communities in sport, education, the arts, culture and charity, will provide inspiration to people of all ages.

“Many of our residents have links to Commonwealth countries which gives us yet another reason to come together as a community to celebrate the arrival of the baton which puts Huddersfield, and Kirklees, firmly on the map.”

Thousands of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through England.

This will include 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.

Baton Relay facts

  • The baton will travel 2500 miles visiting more than 180 communities in England.
  • Since its first appearance at 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.
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