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Buxton gears up to welcome Queen's Baton Relay

Published on 28 June 2022

With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games now just weeks away, Buxton is getting ready to host to the iconic Queen's Baton Relay.

The Queen's Baton Relay is travelling the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July.

And on Monday 11 July, the Relay will be visiting Buxton's Pavilion Gardens.

The public is being encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and High Peak Borough Council is working with partners including Derbyshire Police and Lex Leisure to ensure people have the chance to watch the spectacle and enjoy the entertainment on offer.

The Queen's Baton Relay convoy will arrive at the Pavilion Gardens at around 6.20pm where seven Batonbearers will take the Baton on a journey around the Gardens.

The event will culminate with speeches and musical entertainment from Buxton International Festival at the Bandstand at around 6.40pm.

Council Leader, Councillor Anthony Mckeown, said: "We're delighted that Buxton will be hosting the Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay in this Platinum Jubilee year as it makes its way around England ahead of the start of the Birmingham 2022 Games.

"We want people to be able to share the experience and celebrate the achievements of the Batonbearers who will be carrying the Baton during its visit to the High Peak."

In the High Peak, the Baton will be carried by seven inspirational Batonbearers who each have incredible stories. All the Batonbearers are people who:

·       Are always willing to take on a challenge and have a unique and inspiring story

·       Have made a meaningful contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture or charity

·       Are figures or inspiration that positively challenge others to achieve their best

·       Have taken on a challenge or cause and made a positive impact within their community

Councillor Mckeown added: "It's set to be a memorial occasion so please come and join us in the Gardens and let's give the Queen's Baton Relay a warm High Peak welcome!"

There are more details - including where to watch the Relay - on our website

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 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 was the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton.

Phil Batty, Director of Ceremonies, Culture and Queen's Baton Relay, said: "Whilst the Baton has been travelling across the Commonwealth we've worked closely with Local Authorities in England to devise a route that engages with hundreds of communities, passing sports venues, historic sites, local schools and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

"Yet the Queen's Baton Relay is far more than just a journey. It symbolises connecting people from every corner of the Commonwealth, celebrates Batonbearers who take on challenges, and marks the countdown to the biggest sporting event in West Midlands history. And by the time the Baton returns to England for the final leg, 71 nations and territories will already have experienced the magic that comes with it.

"We hope that communities across the country join the excitement, attend events near them, line the streets to cheer on our incredible Batonbearers and celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games."