Children to welcome the Queen’s Baton to Bury St Edmunds

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The Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games will be welcomed to Bury St Edmunds by 400 children.

Having toured 68 Commonwealth countries since leaving Buckingham Palace in October, the baton will arrive in Bury’s West Suffolk Athletics Arena on Saturday June 9 at 12.30pm as part of a 120 mile journey through Suffolk.

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The Queen's Baton ENGEMN00120131022083848

It will be carried into the arena by English cricketer Lilly Reynolds during the annual West Suffolk Super8 and Inclusive Athletics competitions. They will be attended by 400 children, aged 11 to 13, from primary and special schools across Suffolk.

The youngsters will form a guard of honour as it enters the arena, holding their own hand made batons. It will then be carried around the track followed by children from each school carrying Team England flags.

The baton will be at the arena until 5.30pm when it leaves for Ipswich. Earlier in the day it will have visited Lowestoft and Newmarket.

Councillor Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health, said: “This is a great opportunity for Suffolk to show its support for Team England.

“I’m confident that the Baton Relay and our Batonbearers will inspire more people to become active and help us in our drive to become the most active county in England.”

The games are in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3.