Queen’s Baton Relay comes through Walsall

I was delighted to attend the Queen’s Baton Relay in Walsall on Saturday 23 July. The Baton has travelled across the Commonwealth, visiting Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas. The final part of its journey is a 25-day tour across England, where the relay will officially end at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 28 July.

A Community Festival was held in the Arboretum on Saturday afternoon, where the Baton was relayed by 12 wonderful Batonbearers, starting at Grange car park and finishing on the centre green by the visitor centre. Celebrations continued into the night, with food, drink and entertainment on the big screen.

It was a great pleasure to attend, and I would like to thank everyone who came along to this fantastic event.

With Aeryn Hill (c) of Grace Academy and Briar Hickenbottom-Marriott (r) just after the handover of the baton.
I was delighted to meet Lisa Mutizwa (l) who is at Joseph Leckie Academy and Aeryn Hill (r) who is a pupil at Grace Academy, who were both part of the baton relay.














Tully Kearney MBE was the final baton bearer.