Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Telford & Wrekin next week.
The Baton will visit Telford & Wrekin next Tuesday, 19 July
Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Telford & Wrekin
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will be visiting various locations in Telford and Wrekin and we encourage you to come down and cheer on the Batonbearers, some of them our own local heroes, and welcome the baton to the region as Telford and Wrekin officially welcome the relay next Tuesday 19 July.
Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, the Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of show stopping sport nears ever closer.
How to get involved in Telford on Tuesday 19 July:
The Telford leg of the baton relay will be begin by visiting Ironbridge, as well as passing under the Iron Bridge down the River Severn on a specially commissioned coracle between 8:00 – 8:30am with a special celebration at the world famous bridge.
Watch the relay and baton bearers carry the torch through The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Blist Hill Victorian Town. The baton and bearers will parade through the town before reaching the Green outside the Forest Glen Refreshment Pavilion, for a musical interlude. The public are invited to join us for this special occasion, with tickets available to pre-book free of charge. Gates open at 7:30am, and guests must arrive on site no later than 8:15am as the action will begin shortly thereafter. The baton will leave the museum at around 9am but visitors will be welcome to stay in the town for as long as they wish. Car parking will be free of charge for guests arriving before 8:20. Find out more and get your tickets go to the Ironbridge Museum Trust website.
Spectators are also encouraged to come down to Southwater and Telford Town Park to line the route of the relay from 9am for the arrival of the baton just before 9.55am. A relay circuit of Southwater and the Town Park will be highlighted with a celebration of sports in the QEII Arena with specially invited school children taking part.
Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 in their community. The Birmingham 2022 website will more details on the events and where to line the route.
Cllr Shaun Davies, (Labour) Leader Telford & Wrekin Council said:
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Baton to Telford and Wrekin and are looking forward to local residents and visitors having the opportunity to get involved with activities, cheer on the Baton bearers and be part of the whole experience. We are one of hundreds of communities across the country that will receive a visit from the Queen’s Baton Relay this summer. This event will showcase untold stories from specially-nominated Batonbearers who have transformed lives in their community, be it through sport, education, the arts, culture or charity.
Our residents are encouraged to get involved in the celebrations and embrace this national sporting event.”
Nick Ralls, Chief Executive of The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming the Queen's Baton Relay to Blists Hill Victorian Town on Tuesday morning as part of its epic journey across the Commonwealth - with a stop-off also planned at the Iron Bridge beforehand.
"Working alongside partners at Telford & Wrekin Council, it's a fantastic way to showcase some of the Trust and I would encourage as many people as possible to pre-book their free tickets to this very special event."