Queen’s Baton Relay route ahead of Commonwealth Games 2022

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The route for the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games has just been announced.

The Commonwealth Games are due to start in a few months with the opening ceremony at Aston Hall in Birmingham.

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However, the previous 29 days are spent with the Queen’s Baton Relay making its way across England.

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The staff’s route was recently announced and will include landmarks from around the world.

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Thousands of people have been chosen to carry the baton as it moves around UK soil, with between 40 and 130 people taking part each day.

The Director of Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Squadron said a lot of work went into planning the route.

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He said: “It symbolizes the connection of people from all corners of the Commonwealth, celebrates baton bearers taking on challenges and marks the countdown to the biggest sporting event in West Midlands history.”

Where will the Queen’s Baton Relay go?

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The season is scheduled to begin with a five-day tour of the English capital during the platinum anniversary celebrations, before visiting 180 locations.

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After the anniversary, it’s on to the Falkland Islands, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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It will return to England on July 4th, traveling around 2,500 miles across Britain while touring Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

As part of its tour of England, the baton will visit Cornwall’s Eden Project; the Lake District; Blackpool Tower and London 2012 Olympic Games venues and 2002 Commonwealth Games venues in Manchester.

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The baton will travel across the West Midlands for its final 11 days. It will visit the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley; Chasewater in Staffordshire and a stretch of the River Severn where it is to be transported by coracle (a light boat traditionally used in Wales).

When does the season start?

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The staff will first move during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, June 2-5, 2022.

On July 28, it will arrive in Birmingham for the opening ceremony of the Games after completing its 29-day stay in England.

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Here is the baton schedule across England:

  • London: 2nd-6th June
  • Southwest: July 4-5
  • Southeast: July 6-7
  • East of England: 8th-9th July
  • East Midlands: 10th-11th July
  • Yorkshire and The Humber: 12th-13th July
  • Northeast: 14th-15th July
  • Northwest: 16th-17th July
  • West Midlands: 18th-28th July

Who will carry the baton?

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There were around 8,000 nominations to carry the relay, and event organizers said they were looking for inspirational candidates.

Around 2,000 people are expected to carry the baton, and those chosen will range from local heroes to inspiring school children and will hopefully reflect the country’s diversity, organizers said.

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Amdani Juma, who will represent the staff through Nottingham, came to the UK after fleeing the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and has set up a group to make the sport more accessible and a support group for LGBT+ refugees.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “There’s no singing yet. Being nominated to be a baton bearer is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

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