A special ‘royal’ relay has come through East Staffordshire on it’s way to this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games tarting this week, Staffordshire played host to the iconic Queen’s Baton Relay last week.
A special ‘royal’ relay has come through East Staffordshire on its way to this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games tarting this week, Staffordshire played host to the iconic Queen’s Baton Relay last week.
The Queen’s Baton Relay has travelled the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 tomorrow (Thursday, July 28).
East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) helped to organise the Queen’s Baton Relay visit to the borough on Wednesday (July 20).
The morning started at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre which saw crowds of people welcoming this year’s Batonbearers to the event. At 8.10am the Baton started its journey through Bramshall Park and saw each of the inspirational Batonbearers complete their leg of the Relay.
Everyone Active’s contract manager, Dan Mclean, said: “It was great to welcome the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to Uttoxeter Leisure Centre. It’s not every day that you get to have your picture taken with the Queen’s Baton and I’m sure the members of Dove Valley Swimming Club enjoyed the opportunity.
“We hope the baton relay inspires people of all ages to be active at this facility this summer and to enjoy watching the upcoming Commonwealth Games.”
Leader of ESBC, councillor George Allen, who lives in Uttoxeter, said: “Last week the Queen’s Baton Relay visited Uttoxeter starting at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre and continued on through Bramshall Road Park before moving on to St George’s Park.
“Even an early start of 8am didn’t deter crowds of people wanting to support inspirational Batonbearers to complete their leg of the Relay.
“It was great that Uttoxeter had the opportunity to welcome the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay and I’m sure the games will inspire people of all ages to be active and get involved in sports and to enjoy watching the upcoming Commonwealth Games.”
Cllr Allen added: “I would like to thank all those involved for making this a day to remember, and I wish the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay the best of luck on the last leg of its journey.
“I am pleased, under my leadership, ESBC is working to alleviate a shortage of sports facilities in Uttoxeter.
“Working with Staffordshire Football Association to bring a new 3G all-weather pitch to the town and many more grass pitches to ensure there is plenty of space for our football and rugby teams to expand, creating space for other sports at the same time.”
After its visit to Uttoxeter, the Queen’s Baton Relay then went on to St George’s Park where it was greeted by groups of local school children taking part in a celebration of football. Batonbearers then took the Baton on a tour of St George’s Park, seeing the Baton pass from one Batonbearer to the next.
Councillor Bev Ashcroft, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Cultural Development at ESBC, said: “I was blown away by the amount of support shown for the Batonbearers at both Uttoxeter Leisure Centre and St George’s Park.
“I would like to thank all those involved for making this a day to remember, and I wish the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay the best of luck on the last leg of its journey.”
Baton takes the ride of its life
THE Queen’s Baton Relay took the ride of its life when it visited the Staffordshire Moorlands last week.
Tuesday (July 19), Alton Towers Resort hosted the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay for a leg of the relay ahead of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
The baton arrived at the entrance to the theme park and was greeted with rapturous applause from crowds and entertainers.
It was then carried by designated batonbearers down the theme park’s iconic Towers Street, with the famous Alton Towers as a backdrop, before travelling through the UK’s only CBeebies Land and on to finish in X-Sector with a ride on Oblivion – the first time ever the baton has been on a rollercoaster.
The baton took a front seat on the world’s first vertical drop coaster, with the two baton bearers, travelling at a top speed of 110kph and experiencing 4.5 g-force. It climbed the iconic coaster’s lift-hill before dropping 60metres into the ground.
Francis Jackson, General Manager for Alton Towers Resort, said: “We were delighted to be a part of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.
“It was a huge honour for the resort to be involved in this momentous occasion for the local area and we were thrilled to have been the first to put the baton on a rollercoaster.
“It will form part of the resort’s history.”
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