The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will be welcomed to Warwick District this Friday 22 July as part of the final leg of its journey across the Commonwealth.
Starting at Kenilworth High Street at 8am the team of specially selected Batonbearers will make their way to the grounds of Kenilworth Castle where there will be the opportunity for photos with the Baton. The party then departs for Whitnash for a colourful fun-packed reception at the Civic Centre and Library at 9.15am which includes themed sports activities and a painting competition.
Councillor Andrew Day, Leader of Warwick District Council, hopes that the whole community will come out to cheer the relay on, he said:
“Having travelled around the world, to welcome The Queen’s Baton that has been carried by an amazing group of relay runners, is such a fitting way to herald the start of the Games. Weaving a golden thread that binds all Commonwealth nations, this Baton has been handed from one local hero to the next, reflecting the spirit of the friendly Games and the exciting competition that is now just days away.
"This once-in-a-lifetime event is taking place right on our doorsteps, so let's get involved and enjoy this special moment for our area."
Thousands of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, have had the honour of carrying the Baton in recognition of their contributions to their local communities. Amongst them is Julie Atkins who will be part of the team carrying the Baton through Kenilworth.
Julie said: “I was extremely proud and excited to be nominated and chosen to be a Batonbearer. It is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. My Guiding colleague Roma nominated me, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.”
“I have volunteered with Girlguiding in Warwick for 36 years, latterly as Division Commissioner for Kenilworth and Warwick, supporting the local leaders and young members. In my role I am a mentor to new leaders in Warwick and Kenilworth as they begin their volunteering journey helping them to gain their leadership qualifications for guiding. More recently, I have taken on the role of Assistant County Commissioner for Warwickshire.”