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Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay to visit Moorlands

Published on 12 May 2022

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay will visit the Moorlands during its final journey through England this summer as the full route is revealed.

It's 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. It's set to travel the length and breadth of England for 29 days before culminating at the opening ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July.

In the Moorlands, the Queen's Baton Relay will visit Leek on Tuesday 19 July.

Welcoming the news Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Leader, Councillor Paul Roberts, said: "We're so excited that in the year the nation and the Commonwealth celebrates the Platinum Jubilee, the Queen's Baton Relay is coming to the Moorlands.

"It's a chance to showcase our beautiful District and to be inspired by the amazing stories of the local people who have had the honour to be chosen as Batonbearers.

"We're planning events and activities to help everyone celebrate the arrival of the Baton in the Moorlands and we'll be saying more about that in the coming weeks. But, for now, save the date of 19 July in your diaries. It promises to be an event to remember!"

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton by taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 in their own communities.

The Birmingham 2022 website will be updated with information over the coming months with details of the events and where to line the route.

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 was the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton.

Phil Batty, Director of Ceremonies, Culture and Queen's Baton Relay, said: "Whilst the Baton has been travelling across the Commonwealth we've worked closely with Local Authorities in England to devise a route that engages with hundreds of communities, passing sports 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 to 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 already have experienced the magic that comes with it.

"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."