The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Darlington during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.
Heather Scott, leader of the council, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to Darlington. This is an incredibly exciting and memorable year not just for the Commonwealth Games, but also for the Queen’s Jubilee, and to play a part in this is amazing. We look forward to celebrating our wonderful communities and bringing people together to enjoy the events and activities we have planned.”
Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s baton relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the 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. Kicking off on Thursday 2 June, the baton will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend. It will then resume the international journey and return to England on Monday 4 July to commence a 25-day tour of the regions.
On Thursday 14 July, we will officially welcome the baton.
Residents are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the baton, taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022.
The baton will also visit Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Durham, Seaham, Sunderland, South Shields, Whitley Bay, Blyth, Alnwick, Gateshead, and Newcastle. .
Thousands of baton bearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the baton during the journey, including those nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community.