Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 13 May 2022
THE QUEEN’S Baton Relay is set to travel through Market Bosworth in its final journey through England this year.
The baton relay will travel the length and breadth of England for 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022, on Tuesday, 28 July.
The relay will provide local communities an opportunity to experience the excitement of Birmingham 2022, in anticipation for the build-up to the ‘showstopping’ 11-day long sporting event, as it draws closer and closer to taking place.
And locally, it has been confirmed that it will travel through Market Bosworth on 21 July, seven days before the event.
Hinckley and Bosworth’s Member of Parliament, Dr. Luke Evans, has explained that he had some involvement in aiming to bring the baton relay over to Bosworth.
Speaking on Twitter, the Tory MP, said: “I have been lobbying to get the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games to come through Bosworth. Delighted to say that I have received notice that we have been successful! The baton will be coming to Bosworth on the 21st of July for us all to enjoy!”
The baton relay will kick off on Thursday, 2 June, spending four days in London to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.
After this, it will resume an international journey, and return back to England on Monday, 4 July, to commence a 25-day tour of the regions.
Members of the public are being encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and help to embrace the arrival of the Baton, as they take the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 locally.
Over the course of the next few months, the Birmingham 2022 website will see new information regarding the events and where to line the route.
Coun. Keith Nichols, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure, Tourism and Town Centres, said: “We are very proud that Market Bosworth will be playing its part in this international celebration of sport and communities and are already looking forward to what will be a very special day.
“Seeing the Queen’s Baton being carried through this historic town will be a lovely sight, and we really want to make as much of the occasion as possible.
“We hope residents, school children and visitors will warmly welcome the Baton team on the Thursday, 21 July. We look forward to working with all those who made this very special occasion happen. This is a tremendous honour.”
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.
The Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games.
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay started at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, where The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton, where she handed it over to four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox.
Since then, the Baton has visited Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, Oceania.
It has yet to visit 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 for the final Commonwealth Games countdown.
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 and The 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.
He concluded: “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.”
Dame Louise Martin DBE, Commonwealth Games Federation President, 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.”
The Queen’s Baton for Birmingham 2022 was created in a collaboration in the West Midlands which fused art, technology and science. The Baton is made from copper, aluminium and steel – and it even features a platinum strand in homage to The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year.
As well as this, it is equipped with ‘cutting-edge’ technology, a 360-degree camera, heart rate monitor, atmospheric sensors, and LED lighting.