Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay route revealed
29 January 2014
Commonwealth Games England have announced the route of the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay when it travels around England in the final weeks before the start of the Commonwealth Games on 23 July.
The baton will make its first appearance in England in Manchester on Saturday 31 May as it embarks on a two-week journey across the nation, encouraging public support for Team England and celebrating sport as it goes.
"The Baton is a great symbol of the Commonwealth Games and wherever you are, its arrival is a cue to play your part in supporting Team England’s success at the Games," - Dame Kelly HolmesBy the time of its arrival in England, the baton will have visited 68 nations and territories and covered almost a third of the world’s population. The baton contains a message from the Queen to the Commonwealth that will be read out at the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow.
The baton's journey through England is the last international leg of the relay before it reaches Scotland and each English venue will organise a series of public events to celebrate sport and rouse support for the team.
At each event, there will be a small number of baton bearers, specially chosen for their contribution to sport in the local community. More information about the baton bearers at each event will be announced in the Spring.
Commonwealth Games England President Dame Kelly Holmes said: “The Baton is a great symbol of the Commonwealth Games and wherever you are, its arrival is a cue to play your part in supporting Team England’s success at the Games.
“The Manchester 2002 Games helped me achieve so much in my career and I’m urging the English public to back the Team this summer. The relay is a great chance to get behind Team England and an opportunity to have a go at some of the sports that will be available to try at the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay events.”
The journey of the Queen’s Baton through England is being supported by £200,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England. The investment is in addition to the funding Sport England gives to Commonwealth Games England and athletes in 10 Commonwealth Games sports.
"With the excitement building for the Glasgow Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay is a fantastic opportunity for people to get out and show their support for Team England," - Nick BitelSport England Chair Nick Bitel said: “We’re proud to be supporting the relay on its journey through England, bringing the magic of the Games to communities across the country. With the excitement building for the Glasgow Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay is a fantastic opportunity for people to get out and show their support for Team England.”
After its visit to Manchester on Saturday 31 May, the baton will travel to Cheshire (Congleton) before making its way to Sheffield (1 June), Birmingham (2 June), Plymouth and Bristol (3 June), Southampton (4 June), Kent, starting in Tonbridge, (5 June), Oxford (6 June), before travelling to London.
The baton will be in London over the weekend of 7 - 8 June before moving to Suffolk (9 June) starting in Lowestoft. It then travels to Leicester (10 June), Hull (11 June) and Leeds (12 June) before heading up to Newcastle Gateshead (13 June) and one the same day to its final event at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.