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Bury St Edmunds to welcome The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay in only Suffolk stop



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A baton relay celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and Commonwealth Games will make its way to Bury St Edmunds next Saturday (July 9).

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will make its only stop in Suffolk when it arrives in the Abbey Gardens at 1.20pm.

It will be carried around the grounds and historic Abbey ruins by three baton bearers before being delivered to the Festival of Suffolk Community Games at Bury’s Athletics Track, in Beeton’s Way.

The Queen's Baton Relay will arrive in Bury St Edmunds' Abbey Gardens at 1.20pm on Saturday, July 9. Picture: West Suffolk Council
The Queen's Baton Relay will arrive in Bury St Edmunds' Abbey Gardens at 1.20pm on Saturday, July 9. Picture: West Suffolk Council

Residents are invited to welcome the baton relay on the day.

The baton, visiting every coroner of the Commonwealth, is heading across England for 29 days, before ending up at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Birmingham, on July 28.

Cllr Mike Chester, chairman of West Suffolk Council, said: "I hope that as many people as possible will come and join us in greeting the baton and the baton bearers on the day.”

It will be carried around the grounds and historic Abbey ruins by three baton bearers before being delivered to the Festival of Suffolk Community Games
It will be carried around the grounds and historic Abbey ruins by three baton bearers before being delivered to the Festival of Suffolk Community Games

The baton relay begins at the Holocaust Memorial and Rev’d Canon Matthew Vernon, Canon Pastor and Sub Dean of the Cathedral, will present the baton to the first of the three baton bearers.

It will then be taken to the Suffolk Community Games.

The games, a free event, at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre and King Edward VI School will offer the chance to take part in activities such as BMX, climbing, circus skills, dance and skateboarding.

The Suffolk FA Wildcats festival and the Eastern Regional Athletics Competition will also take place.