The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay

The Baton will visit Sandwell on Monday 25 July. The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Sandwell on Monday 25 July 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 show-stopping sport gets ever closer.

On Monday 25 July, Sandwell 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 Batonbearers who are striving for change in their community. Sandwell is one of only two authorities in the area to have the baton for a full day and this means there will be 100 Batonbearers running through the streets and parks of Sandwell, including some who will take on the mammoth uphill leg up Waterfall Lane. A range of activities will be held around each part of the Relay in Sandwell.

The Queen’s Baton Relay starts from Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, just after 8am, then visits: Brunswick Park, Wednesbury Victoria Park, Tipton Haden Hill House and Park, Rowley Regis Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Smethwick Lightwoods Park, Smethwick Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich at approximately 6:30pm.

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. Further details about these activities and timings where you can see the Baton, as well as the council’s engagement with residents and businesses along the route, will be made available soon.

Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Leader of Sandwell Council, said: “The people of Sandwell are excited and honoured that our borough is hosting the swimming and diving events at the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and we look forward to the Queen’s Baton Relay taking place in the six towns. It will bring the buzz of the Games to Sandwell and link us to communities across the Commonwealth. “The Relay is a Games’ tradition that recognises, connects and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth and it is appropriate that one of the venues the Baton will visit is Brunswick Park, which opened in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

“I would encourage the people of Sandwell to welcome and support the arrival of the Baton, and to be inspired by the backgrounds and stories of the Batonbearers from across the Commonwealth and here in Sandwell.”

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