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Cambridge City Council

Deputy Mayor to welcome Queen's Baton Relay to Cambridge on 9 July

30 June 2022

THE Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Cambridge on Saturday 9 July with the Queen’s Baton set to make an appearance on stage at Cambridge Pride.

Cllr Jenny Gawthrope Wood, Deputy Mayor of Cambridge, will welcome the Queen’s Baton party carrying the Baton to Cambridge, as part of its journey across the Commonwealth on a tour of 72 nations and territories.

The Baton will arrive at Jesus Green by punt at approximately 4.30pm and will be presented on the Pride stage for around 30 minutes before leaving at around 5.15pm.

To celebrate the Baton’s visit, Cambridge City Council is organising a series of fun, sports-based family activities on Jesus Green that will take place throughout the afternoon from 2pm including:

  • Football Funfactory
  • Inflatable Football Darts
  • Outspoken Cycles
  • PING
  • Go Xplore
  • Portable Putters
  • Cambs Tennis
  • Family Play Zone
  • Skateboarding

Cllr Jenny Gawthrope Wood said: “The Baton is a symbol of solidarity and collaboration between communities, embracing unique cultures and sharing inspirational stories so it’s really fitting that it’s coming to Cambridge Pride.

“The council is putting on a range of fun activities for all the family to keep everyone entertained until the Baton arrives and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of residents as well as welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay team on what will be a special day for the city.”

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 including a 25-day tour of the UK.

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.

The Relay 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.

The international route spanned 269 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 90,000 miles (140,000 kilometres), with over 7,500 Batonbearers trusted with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the Baton in their community.

The 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth yet will travel almost half the distance than the previous Gold Coast Queen’s Baton Relay in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint.

Each nation and territory hosted events and activities that showcased untold stories from Batonbearers, athletes, and young people who are striving for change in their community, as well as showcasing a project that address one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Baton has witnessed moments of celebration, visited local schools and explored iconic landmarks.