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Queen's Baton Relay to visit Cambridge

11 May 2022

THE 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Cambridge this July as part of its journey across the Commonwealth on a tour of 72 nations and territories.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay and the organisers have announced that the Baton will pass through Cambridge on Saturday 9 July.

The Relay began in October 2021, with Her Majesty The Queen placing her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. The Baton is now on its 294-day long journey to every corner of the Commonwealth.

It arrives in England on 2 June, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and later returns to England on 4 July for a 25-day tour of the country.

The Relay will culminate in the host city of Birmingham, where it will take a central role in the Commonwealth Games’ Opening Ceremony on 28 July.

Details of activity in Cambridge to mark the Relay will be published in the coming weeks.

The Relay will showcase untold stories from specially nominated Baton bearers who have transformed lives in their community, be it through sport, education, the arts, culture or charity.

Cllr Anna Smith, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to seeing the Baton come to Cambridge in July.

“The idea behind it, of expressing solidarity and collaboration between communities, embracing unique cultures and sharing inspirational stories is something that resonates strongly in Cambridge.

“Work is under way on plans to support the visit and we will publish details in the coming weeks.”

Cllr Russ McPherson, Mayor of Cambridge, said: “The arrival of the Baton will be a special moment because of the values - of bringing people together – that it symbolises. Embracing different cultures and communities is something that is at the heart of Cambridge.

“I look forward to welcoming the Baton bearers on 9 July and joining our residents in marking this special day.”

Cambridge is one of a number of locations across the UK confirmed today by the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. On 9 July the Baton will arrive in Cambridge from the Wellcome Genome Campus in South Cambridgeshire.

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