English public urged to support team England as the Queen’s Baton comes to Leeds this June

The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) will come to Leeds on June 12 during its two week journey across England, drumming up support for Team England and celebrating sport as it goes.

The baton is set to visit the city on its journey across England as it marks the run up to the Commonwealth Games, which start in Glasgow on July 23.

The baton will spend the day in Leeds and will visit a number of locations across the city to celebrate the Commonwealth Games and promote participation in sport.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said:

“We’re incredibly proud that the Queen’s Baton will be visiting Leeds in June and I’m sure the city will really get behind this exciting event.

“The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest global sporting events in the world and the visit of the baton, which will travel across 70 countries and territories before arriving in Glasgow, is yet another massive sporting coup for our city.

“With the Grand Depart of the Tour De France and the build-up to Rugby World Cup 2015 too look forward to as well, 2014 really is shaping up to be a landmark year for sport in Leeds.”

During its day in Leeds, the baton is set to visit a number of recognisable venues and will engage with schools, young people and sporting stars.

Commonwealth Games England President Dame Kelly Holmes who won Commonwealth Gold in Manchester in 2002 said:

“Leeds has a huge sporting tradition and I know that public here will support the English athletes at the Games in July.

The QBR is a great chance to both send your backing to the team in Glasgow and have a go at some of the sports that will be available at QBR events.”

The Queen's Baton Relay is the traditional curtain-raiser to the XX Commonwealth Games.

By the time of its arrival in England the baton will have visited 68 nations and territories and covered almost a third of the world’s population. The baton contains a message from the Queen to the Commonwealth that will be read out at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow Games.

The Queens Baton Relay in England is supported with National Lottery funding from Sport England.

Its visit to England is the last international leg of the relay before the baton enters Scotland. Each English city or local authority area hosting a day with the baton will organise a series of events, many of which will be open to the public, to celebrate sport and rouse support for the team.

Commonwealth Games England are calling on the English public to greet the baton with messages of support to Team England via @weRengland or the Commonwealth Games England Facebook page OfficialWeAreEngland, and feel motivated to get moving and perhaps try a new sport.

At each event, there will be a small number of batonbearers, specially chosen for their contribution to sport in the local community. More information about the Batonbearers at each event will be announced in the Spring.

On its journey across England the baton will visit Manchester on Saturday May 31, travel to Cheshire (Congleton) before making its way to Sheffield (June 1), Birmingham (June 2), Plymouth and Bristol (June 3), Southampton (June 4), Tonbridge in Kent (June 5), Oxford (June 6), before travelling to London.

The baton will be in London over the weekend of (June 7 and 8) before moving to Suffolk (June 9) starting in Lowestoft. It then travels to Leicester (June 10), Hull (June 11) and Leeds (June 12).

The baton will then go to Newcastle Gateshead (June 13) and on the same day to its final event at Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland.


Notes to Editors

For more information about the Queen’s Baton Relay on its journey through England call Andy Bate, Commonwealth Games England Communications Manager on 07932 102826 or email a.bate@weareengland.org


Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk


Further details about Queen’s Baton Relay events and how you can engage with the Baton will be published on the Commonwealth Games England website www.weareengland.org or via @weRengland

The Queen’s Baton Relay will call at the following places on the following dates on its journey through England in 2014:

Day Date Location

1 Saturday 31st May Manchester /Cheshire (Congleton)

2 Sunday 1st June Sheffield

3 Monday 2nd June Birmingham

4 Tuesday 3rd June Plymouth (AM) and Bristol (PM)

5 Wednesday 4th June Southampton

6 Thursday 5th June Kent

7 Friday 6th June Oxford

8 Saturday 7th June London

9 Sunday 8th June London

10 Monday 9th June Suffolk

11 Tuesday 10th June Leicester

12 Wednesday 11th June Hull

13 Thursday 12th June Leeds

14 Friday 13th June Newcastle Gateshead (AM) and Alnwick Castle, Northumberland (PM)