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Queen’s Baton Arrives in Leicester

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Queen’s Baton Arrives in Leicester

With just two days to go before the Queen’s Baton arrives in Leicester, the city is counting down to the start of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

A day of events on Tuesday 10 June will begin with hundreds of local schoolchildren gathering at the Clock Tower to welcome the baton to Leicester.

Joining them at the Clock Tower at 11am will be Leicestershire’s Claire Lomas – the former event rider who, in 2012, became the first person to complete the London Marathon in a robotic suit.

Claire said: “It’s a real honour to welcome the Queen’s Baton to Leicester and be part of a celebration of our great local athletes, clubs and sports volunteers ahead of the Commonwealth Games.”

Six local batonbearers, chosen for their contributions to sport and the community, will carry the baton at events on the Leicester leg of its journey.
Paige Murray, Cherie D’Silva, Mike Smith, Ross Davenport, Trevor Low and Shiv Thakor are all proud to be involved.

Shiv, who plays professional cricket for Leicestershire, said: “I’m extremely proud to play for Leicestershire, and I’m very proud to say that I’m from Leicester.

“I hope that local people turn out in numbers on June 10 to welcome the baton to Leicester and show the world that we’re getting behind the Commonwealth Games.”

A school sports day at Abbey Park will get around 300 children involved in a wide range of sporting activities, but people of all ages will be able to join in the celebrations in Town Hall Square from 5pm.

Live music and dancing – with a Commonwealth theme – will continue there until 8pm, with plenty of opportunity for people to have a go at a new sport.

Assistant City Mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “I’m delighted that Leicester has been selected to host the Queen’s Baton Relay. This is a great opportunity for our city to show its support for Team England – and encourage local people to get active and involved in sport.”

More information about the Queen’s Baton Relay in Leicester is available at visitleicester.info/QueensBatonRelay

Dame Kelly Holmes, President of Commonwealth Games England, said: “Our England Batonbearers are going to play a crucial part when the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in England on May 31st.

“They have all been selected due to their passion for sport and the way in which they share this with their communities and look to get people involved and active.

“I’m encouraging everyone in Leicester to get involved when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to your city – find out what event is taking place and if you can be there then please go and cheer on your Batonbearers and be part of the Team England send-off to Glasgow.”

The XX Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August. Commonwealth Games England is sending a 400-strong team to compete across the 17 sports.

The Queen’s Baton Relay in England is supported with National Lottery funding from Sport England.

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