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Rollercoaster of a journey for the Queen’s Baton Relay

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28 JUL

Rollercoaster of a journey for the Queen’s Baton Relay

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The Queen’s Baton Relay took the ride of its life when it visited the Staffordshire Moorlands last week. On 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 Queen’s Baton Relay took the ride of its life when it visited the Staffordshire Moorlands last week.

On 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.”

Prior to its visit to Alton Towers last Tuesday, the Queen’s Baton Relay took a trip up The Roaches, had a boat trip on the waters of Rudyard Lake, and was also taken through the streets of Leek.

The day after its visit to Staffordshire Moorlands, the Queen’s Baton Relay visited the neighbouring borough of East Staffordshire.

On Wednesday (July 20) morning, the route started at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre and went through Bramshall Park in Uttoxeter, before heading off to St George’s Park.

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