Southend-on-Sea City Council will welcome The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay during its final journey through England this July, with a number of exciting events lined up to celebrate the City’s cultural brilliance.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Commonwealth Games. 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 28 July 2022.
As part of the Queen’s Baton Relay’s journey through Southend on Friday 8 July, the Queen’s Baton will set off from the top end of the High Street (Victoria Circus near the Odeon) at roughly 11.10am and work its way all the way down to Pier Hill for approximately 11.20am. The Baton will be carried through the High Street by four Batonbearers, each carrying the Baton for a different section. Once the Baton reaches Pier Hill, it will then be taken to Maldon for the next stage of the journey.
Events on the day, which begin at the top end of the High Street at 10am and conclude at Pier Hill at 3pm, include a Commonwealth ‘village’ of themed activities. There will be live entertainment with musical performances from the Music Man group, involvement from local schools, and the chance to try out some sports activities. There will also be a Bollywood dancing display and interactive workshops, as well as a dance performance from Brazilarte.
A full programme of events set to be announced closer to the event. You can keep up to date with events planned on the day by visiting www.southend.gov.uk/QBR
The Queen’s Baton, which includes a message from the Queen to the Commonwealth, will be carried through Southend-on-Sea’s City Centre and down to the iconic Southend Pier by Batonbearers on Friday 8 July, in what is certain to be a day of celebration in the City.