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Baton Arrives In
From South Africa, to Cameroon… and now Northwich.
After travelling around the world, the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is heading through England and will be stopping in Northwich on the 17th July.
You’re invited to line the streets of Northwich on Sunday 17 July to enjoy a celebratory festival of activity to welcome the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay during its global tour.The Queen’s Baton arrives in the town at the Anderton Boat Lift, which will be closed to the public until 1pm for an official private event to welcome the Batonbearers, including the conclusion of the Schools Baton Relay.
The tour begins at midday when a Batonbearer carries the Baton by boat down the 50ft lift to emerge onto the River Weaver, they will then sail along the by boat, accompanied by a flotilla of paddle boarders and canoeists before disembarkeding at Winnington Swing Bridge (Barnton Bridge) and then travelling along Winnington Lane heading towards the town centre.
As it runs past Winnington Recreation Club, crowds can enjoy displays of bowls and cricket and sporting activities by local clubs and groups. Sport and leisure activities such as football, netball, boxing and more will take place on Winnington Lane Playing field and The Youth Service will entertain crowds as the Baton runs past the Youth Club.
The Baton then descends Winnington Hill in the Krazy Races soapbox to cross the river at Town Bridge, it will then be carried past Northwich Memorial Court where there will be dance displays. It’s penultimate step in the journey will see it enter Witton Street and you’ll find more dance displays performed as the Baton passes Northwich Library. The tour concludes in Barons Quay to coincide with the Rotary’s free Sunday in the Park festival at Riverside Park where the Batonbearers will take to the stage to complete this leg of its epic journey.
The times below are subject to change leading up to and on the day itself, please use them as a guide and follow @visitnorthwich on social media for updates.
- 12 noon – Baton begins its journey down Anderton Boat Lift and onto the River Weaver (Anderton Boat Lift closed to the public until 1pm).
- 12:35pm – Back onto dry land at Winnington Swing Bridge (Barnton Bridge).
- 12:40pm – Heading past Winnington Rec/Garden Centre.
- 12:45pm – Continuing along Winnington Lane, past the playing fields.
- 12:55pm – Passes Winnington Youth Club ahead of its decent down Winnington Hill in the Krazy Kart.
- 1:00pm – Arrives at Town Bridge in the Krazy Kart and moves back on foot to go past Memorial Court.
- 1:10pm – In its final leg it will pass Northwich Library heading down Witton Street.
- 1:15pm – Conclusion at Riverside Park, Barons Quay with the Rotary Party in the Park.
The Queen’s BATON INFO
The Queen’s Baton for the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay champions the individuality in humanity and celebrates bringing people together. The Baton is entwined with unique components and displays connectivity to represent the power of collaboration.
On 7 October 2021, at a special event at Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty The Queen placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton, signifying the start of the 294-day Relay to the 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. As it travels, the Baton is inspiring people to come together and host moments of celebration ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Find out more: https://www.birmingham2022.com/qbr
The BATON Design
The Baton has been specially created by designers and technologists from the West Midlands in a unique collaboration that fuses science, technology, engineering and art.
The shape of the Baton moves away from the traditional shape seen in previous editions of The Queen’s Baton. With Birmingham 2022 making history by being the first major multi-sport event to award more medals to women than men, the strength and fortitude of women across the Commonwealth is celebrated throughout the design of the Baton.