The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will cover nearly the whole of the borough as part of the final stages of a route that has taken it across the world to Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, and Oceania. The day will be marked by numerous community celebrations and events along the route.
The visit of the Queen’s Baton Relay to Solihull and the rest of the West Midlands region will be the culmination of a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games, providing the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022.
As the Queen’s Baton Relay progresses around the borough it will be visible in most villages and towns, but the best places to experience the atmosphere will be the following community events:
North Solihull Sports Centre (morning)
Babbs Mill Park (morning)
Hampton in Arden Sports Club (lunchtime)
Meriden Village Centre (afternoon)
Lavender Hall Park (afternoon)
Shirley Park (afternoon)
Jubilee Gardens (6PM)
Precise timings will be advertised closer to the date of the event
Councillor Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council said: “I’m so pleased that the Queen’s Baton Relay will be able to be seen by so many of our people in so many of our communities. The route around Solihull is the longest in the West Midlands which will mean that the Baton covers nearly every corner of the borough. The Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through beautiful open countryside and picturesque villages, through bustling and diverse towns, and past businesses both large and small that demonstrate the very best of the industrial strength and entrepreneurial spirit of which we are so proud here in Solihull.”
Councillor Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader and the portfolio holder responsible for the Commonwealth Games said:
“The visit of the Queen’s Baton Relay to the borough will be a wonderful opportunity for the people of Solihull to be at the heart of a truly global event. We’re very proud of the part our borough is playing in the Commonwealth Games this summer, with the NEC being one of the key venues we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the Commonwealth to Solihull. Having the Queen’s Baton Relay here so close to the start of the games themselves is going to be really exciting for the people and businesses of Solihull”
Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin DBE said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay symbolises hope, solidarity and collaboration across the Commonwealth at a time when it is needed most. It continues to inspire people wherever it goes and creates huge excitement for Birmingham 2022 as it journeys towards the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on July 28.
If you run a business in the borough or are a resident who would like more information about the Queen’s Baton Relay and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Solihull Council is running a series of drop in sessions at locations across the borough. For more information go to visitsolihull.co.uk.