THE Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Redditch on Saturday, July 23 in a whistle stop tour during its final journey through England this summer.
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 showstopping sport nears ever closer.
During its time in Redditch, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Arrow Valley Country Park and will experience bike displays at the Wheels Area, and a celebration of the positivity rocks project with its creator Lauren Mernagh on the final leg.
The schedule of activity for the Baton’s time in Redditch is as follows:
8am, Redditch Premiers BMX Track, Arrow Valley Country Park
8.19am, Redditch Premiers BMX to Arrow Valley Country Park Centre, Redditch using vintage bike
8:26am, Redditch Rocks Celebration, Arrow Valley Country Park, Redditch
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.
Redditch Borough Council Leader Matt Dormer said: “This international sporting event right on our doorstep will definitely create a buzz across the borough and I am delighted that Lauren, who brought such positivity to the town during lockdown with Redditch Rocks will play.
“I hope the crowds turn out in force to cheer her and the other baton bearers on and to also take part in the activities which we have organised to make the event even more special.
“Redditch is renowned for its community spirit and we want to bring people together after we have had to spend so much time apart, to enjoy our borough and mark this historic event.”
Lauren, aged 17, is one of the confirmed community Batonbearers in Redditch who was nominated by the Borough Council for Inspiring local communities to get creative during the Pandemic with Redditch Positivity Rocks Line.
She said: “I am so excited to be a batonbearer and that the Positivity Rocks Line has given me this opportunity.
“I knew I was nominated but can’t believe I was chosen as there were so many other amazing people up for it too.
“It’s very unexpected to be a part of this massive event but my outlook is to take on whatever comes my way!
“My friends and family are excited for me and will be turning out to cheer me on.”
For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, visit www.birmingham2022.com/qbr.