Big town celebrations planned as Birmingham 2022 The Queen’s Baton Relay visits Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth
Plans are in place for Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth to celebrate the arrival of Birmingham 2022 The Queen’s Baton Relay in the towns in July 2022.
Shropshire Council and partner organisations will be marking The Queen’s Baton Relay passing through Shropshire with free community events celebrating sports and the Commonwealth.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will start its journey through the West Midlands on Monday 18 July 2022 in Shrewsbury, and returns to Bridgnorth on Saturday 23 July 2022.
In Shrewsbury, Shropshire Council has teamed up with Energize Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, Shrewsbury BID, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shropshire Festivals to create a community celebration in The Quarry from 4pm to 9pm on Monday 18 July 2022.
Schools, sports clubs, arts organisations and local groups from across the county will be taking part in the festivities. Crowds can expect to be entertained with dance, arts, music and sports, and there will be food and drink stands showcasing local suppliers.
The Queen’s Baton Relay returns to Shropshire on Saturday 23 July and makes its arrival in Bridgnorth on a special service laid on by Severn Valley Railway.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will also experience the historic Bridgnorth Cliff Railway as part of its journey through the town.
Shropshire Council, Bridgnorth Town Council, Energize Shropshire Telford & Wrekin and Sporting Bridgnorth are supporting a celebration of sports at Severn Park from 10am to 3pm that Saturday.
Visitors will be able to watch The Queen’s Baton Relay as it makes a loop of the park in support of sports clubs offering taster sessions of their activities. Sports such as junior football, golf, bowling, rugby, netball, gymnastics and boxing will be represented.
Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism, and transport, said:-
“It is a great honour to welcome The Queen’s Baton Relay to Shropshire twice on its journey around the West Midlands, and I am sure thousands of people will turn out to support it in both Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth.
“The celebrations organised by Shropshire Council and our partners will certainly add to the excitement and create standout memories for everyone involved. I would urge people to be a part of this spectacle and line the routes of The Queen’s Baton Relay and experience our celebrations.”