2022 Commonwealth Games Baton Relay via Stratford – published times

CROWDS are invited to watch the passing of the Queen’s Baton of Birmingham 2022 relay in the Stratford district next week.

The relay, to kick off the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, will pass through the district on Friday July 22 and times for residents to visit and cheer on it have been published.

The witness will first arrive in Gaydon around 10am, when he enters the British Motor Museum.

A total of three baton-bearers will be joined by the Queen’s 1953 Series 1 Land Rover, which accompanied Her Majesty and Prince Philip on a six-month tour of the Commonwealth shortly after the coronation.

Then the procession will head to Stratford where the first baton bearer will begin the relay through the town to the outdoor gymnasium at around 10.50am.

A total of nine porters will take over the town, bypassing the Rec to the new cycle path around 10:55 a.m. At this location, the Heart of England Mencap will also be presenting one of their free accessible cycling sessions.

Just before 11.10am the stick will be ferried to the Avon Boating chain ferry where it will drop anchor and cruise down the river and onto the Royal Shakespeare Theater just before 11.20am. Once there, there will be a photo stick with representatives from Forest of Hearts, who recently worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company to create a forest garden at The Dell.

The relay will then be carried along Waterside, to Bridge Street and will end in Henley Street near the Shakespeare statue just before 11.30am.

There will also be the chance to try out some Everyone Active gear on the Rec from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel across England for a total of 29 days, before arriving at the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony on July 28.

Councilor Ian Shenton, Stratford District Council (SDC) climate change spokesperson, said: “It is such an honor for the district of Stratford to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay, especially with the Games of the Commonwealth on our doorstep. We look forward to celebrating his arrival and giving him a warm welcome.”

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved in the celebrations and cheer on the flag bearers in the district.

For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay visit www.birmingham2022.com/qbr

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