Flag flies high with 10 days to go to the Commonwealth Games!


Flag flies high with 10 days to go to the Commonwealth Games!

Solihull residents will be feeling the excitement as Solihull Council has raised the Commonwealth Sport flag over the Council House and will be putting Commonwealth Games branding up in towns and villages. With just 10 days to go until the start of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the borough will be transformed to mark our part in hosting this global event.

The flag will fly until the end of the games except for Tuesday 26 July, when a special Queen’s Baton Relay flag will be raised to mark the visit of the relay to the borough on that day. The relay will see events taking place all along the route.

Our leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay will end in Solihull town centre, as The Band of The Grenadier Guards accompany the Batonbearers along the high street. There is then a special musical extravaganza performance in Jubilee Gardens but please note, this event is ticketed so unless you were successful in the free ballot then please do not attempt to attend and just enjoy all the entertainments on offer in the High Street and Mell Square.

Once the games themselves get underway the NEC, in the north of the borough, will play host to Badminton, Boxing, Netball, Para Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Table Tennis and Para Table Tennis. If you haven’t managed to get tickets yet, there are still a few available for some sessions.

If you can’t get to the venues themselves, you can still get right to the heart of the action at one of Solihull’s two festival sites. Mell Square and Theatre Square will host big screens with delicious food and drink and the chance to try out some Commonwealth Games themed sports and activities. The sites will be open for the duration of the games from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader of Solihull Council and the portfolio holder for the Commonwealth Games said:

“Everyone in the borough has something to be excited about in the coming weeks. The Commonwealth flag is flying proudly and we’ll be seeing plenty more posters, banners and bunting going up in villages and towns as we prepare for the Queen’s Baton Relay and the Commonwealth Games themselves.

I’ll be at the NEC for some of the events and I’ll certainly be at the Festival Sites in Solihull town centre. I hope to see as many people as possible there. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, an event on a global scale that we can enjoy right where we live, let’s make the most of it!”