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THE Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through Stratford this summer ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The route for the relay has been revealed this week, taking in 180 cities, towns and villages over 29 days.

The baton (56581653)
The baton (56581653)

Stratford's turn will come on Friday, 22nd July. That day’s route will start in Kenilworth before heading to Whitnash, Warwick, Gaydon, Stratford, Broadway, Pershore, Upton-upon-Severn, Malvern, and finishing in Worcester.

The baton will be at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon at 10am with the relay scheduled to reach Stratford Recreation Ground at 11am.

Cllr Ian Shenton, who has responsibilities for leisure at Stratford District Council, said: “This is such an honour for Stratford to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay, especially with the Commonwealth Games on our doorstep in the coming months.”

Jeff Coope, managing director of the British Motor Museum, added: “We are delighted that the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit the museum on the morning of the 22nd July, as part of its incredible journey through England this summer. We are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of the baton and will be working with our local community and visitors to give it a warm welcome.”

Between 40 and 130 people will carry the baton each day and, as previously reported by the Herald, disability campaigner Elizabeth Dixon from Stratford has been asked to take part.

Ian Reid, chief executive of Birmingham 2022, 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 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 have already 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.”

Kadeena Cox receives the baton from the Queen at the launch of the relay. (56581651)
Kadeena Cox receives the baton from the Queen at the launch of the relay. (56581651)

The route through the West Midlands is:

  • Monday, 18th July: Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, and Shrewsbury
  • Tuesday, 19th July: Ironbridge, Telford, Newport, Lilleshall, Stafford, Stone, Rudyard, and Leek
  • Wednesday, 20th July: Uttoxeter, Burton upon Trent, Lichfield, Burntwood, Chasewater, and Tamworth
  • Thursday 21st July: Bodymoor Heath, Atherstone, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton, Bedworth, Rugby, and Coventry
  • Friday, 22nd July: Kenilworth, Whitnash, Warwick, Gaydon, Stratford-upon-Avon, Broadway, Pershore, Upton-upon-Severn, Malvern, and Worcester
  • Saturday, 23rd July: Redditch, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Bridgnorth, Codsall, Rugeley, Hednesford, Cannock, and Walsall
  • Sunday, 24th July: Wolverhampton, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Dudley, Brierley Hill
  • Monday, 25th July: Oldbury, Wednesbury, Tipton, Cradley Heath, Rowley Regis, Blackheath, Bearwood, Smethwick, and West Bromwich
  • Tuesday, 26th July: Castle Bromwich, Fordbridge, Chelmsley Wood, Marston Green, Hampton in Arden, Meriden, Berkswell, Balsall Common, Knowle, Dorridge, Cheswick Green, Hockley Heath, Dickens Heath, Shirley, and Solihull
  • Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th July: Birmingham (full route will be announced later).

The Commonwealth Games start on 28th July. Visit www.birmingham2022.com.

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