Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 20 July 2022
THE QUEEN’S BATON is to travel on through Nuneaton and Bedworth by batonbearers tomorrow morning (Thursday, 21 July).
The famed and iconic baton is to be passed on through the towns on what has been described as a ‘momentous’ occasion to help celebrate the ‘fast approaching’ Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) has advised those who plan on spectating to arrive early, in order to secure their place on the route before the convoy, and before the batonbearers arrive.
In Nuneaton, the baton is to travel through Riversley Park – and finish in the Pingles Athletic Stadium.
A special variety performance named ‘Nuneaton’s Got Talent’ will be held inside of the Riversley Park bandstand, so that secondary school students from across the borough are able to showcase their talents. This will run from approximately 11.30am to 1pm.
Schedule for baton in Nuneaton
11:49am – Batonbearer team arrives at Clinic Drive.
11.54am – The Baton will visit the Gurkha memorial before travelling around the park to the bandstand.
12:02pm – The Baton will pause at the bandstand.
12.17pm – The Baton leaves the bandstand and continues through the tunnel, finishing with a loop around the stadium.
12.28pm – The Baton will remain in the stadium as schools take part in a mass fitness session (stadium is closed to the public – this is for local schools only)
12.41pm – The Baton leaves Nuneaton.
Schedule for baton in Bedworth
In Bedworth, the baton will travel through part of the town centre – and it will finish with a loop of the Miners’ Welfare Park, where a batonbearer will ride with the baton around the Mountain Bike Trail.
Taking place in Miners’ Welfare Park from 1 to 3pm there will be a host of fun, interactive activities for children and adults to take part in.
On the grassed area behind the Tennis Courts activities will include a range of sports equipment for participants to try their hand at and a fitness session for people to participate in.
13.39pm – The Batonbearer team arrives on Rye Piece Ringway (outside St Francis School)
13.41pm – Convoy and Baton will travel along Rye Piece Ringway towards the Corner Pin Island.
13.44pm – The Baton will turn right into King Street, moving towards the town Centre and along High Street towards the Park.
13.49pm – The Baton will enter the park and travel down the slope behind the Memorial Gate to the end of the path. The Baton will then travel past the children’s play area and tennis courts before looping around the whole park.
14.08pm – A Batonbearer will cycle with the Baton around Miners’ Mountain Bike Trails’.
14.23pm – The Baton will leave Bedworth.
Coun. Sue Markham, the Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Services said: “There’s not long to go now before our Borough welcomes the Queen’s Baton! Alongside the excitement of cheering on the Baton we have some fantastic celebrations happening in Nuneaton and Bedworth on the day for people get involved in.
“I really hope that our community will come together to take part in what will be a momentous occasion for the Borough.”