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11th Aug, 2022

City ready to welcome baton

Rob George 9th Jul, 2022

FUN for all the family is promised on when the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay visits Worcester during its final journey through England ahead of the start of the Commonwealth Games.

Thousands of people are expected to line the city’s streets to watch local Batonbearers carry The Queen’s Baton through Worcester and across the River Severn from 5.30pm on the day.

And to help build the fun and excitement while the crowds wait for the big moment, Worcester City Council has engaged a range of street entertainers to put smiles on the faces of people of all ages.

Power stilt walkers – who bounce one metre off the ground – will be in action on High Street between The Cross and Cathedral Square, and they’ll be accompanied by the Wonky Olympics, whose comedy stylings see them attempt to recreate all the energy and excitement of the world’s biggest sporting events, just using hula hoops, cones and a tiny megaphone.

Over at South Quay and New Road, the fun will be cricket-themed, with roller skating performers dressed as giant cricket balls building up the atmosphere as the crowds gather to cheer on the local baton bearers.

Mayor of Worcester Coun Adrian Gregson, said: “The arrival of The Queen’s Baton Relay in Worcester will be a cause for great celebration, and I know the thousands of residents and visitors who will turn out for this historic moment will enjoy all the efforts being made to ensure Friday July 22 is a day to remember.

“Many local people will have the honour of carrying The Queen’s Baton through our city, and I am looking forward to joining the crowds to cheer on these local heroes.”

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.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the opening ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on July 28.

During its time in Worcester, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Worcester Cathedral, Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s famous New Road ground, and the new Arches – Worcester development.

It will cross the River Severn, the longest river in England – and make a memorable visit to Worcester Racecourse.

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.

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