Codsall to shine as village prepares to host iconic Queen's Baton Relay

Released on 21 June 2022

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A South Staffordshire village will play host to the Queen's Baton Relay this summer.

The Queen's Baton Relay is a relay around the world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. It carries a message from The Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth, with the baton being entrusted by Her Majesty to the batonbearers. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen or her representative, who reads the message aloud to officially open the Games.

The Baton will pass through Codsall on Saturday, July 23 – beginning at Suckling Green Lane at 1.21pm, before moving through to Wolverhampton Road.

It will then be taken to Codsall Middle School at 1.38pm, where its visit will be marked with a Sports Festival featuring a series of sporting activity from local school pupils and community sports clubs. The relay will then conclude at the award-winning Codsall Community Hub at 1.57pm.

Leader of South Staffordshire Council, Councillor Roger Lees, said: “This is a historic moment for the whole nation – and we in South Staffordshire are over the moon to be able to play a part. “It's hugely exciting to be welcoming the Queen's Baton Relay to the district – and I very much look forward to sharing in this remarkable moment with our residents."

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton in Codsall. The Birmingham 2022 website will be updated with information over the coming months, with detail on the events and where to line the route.

Councillor Len Bates BEM, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “It is a huge privilege to play host to such an iconic event and we are delighted to be able to celebrate such a momentous occasion with our residents. I would encourage everyone who is able to join us at this spectacular event.

I am very much looking forward to seeing our young people and local community groups shine at the Sports Festival at Codsall Middle School."

The Queen's Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on July 28. Kicking off on Thursday, June 2, the Baton will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend. The Baton will then resume the international journey and return to England on Monday, July 4, to commence a 25-day tour of the regions.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2021, when The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of batonbearers to carry the Baton.    

Since then, the baton has visited Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, Oceania. It still has further destinations in the Caribbean, the Americas, and more countries in Europe, including the Home Nations consisting of five days in Scotland, four in Northern Ireland and five in Wales, where it will finish on Sunday, July 3, before returning to England in summer for the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games.  

Made from copper, aluminium and steel, the baton features a platinum strand in homage to The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. It is also equipped with cutting-edge technology; 360-degree camera, heart rate monitor, atmospheric sensors, and LED lighting.


Contact details

For media enquiries, please contact Kirsten Rawlins at South Staffordshire Council via k.rawlins@sstaffs.gov.uk

For more information on Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, please contact Rose Jackson, Communications Manager via rose.jackson@birmingham2022.com

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