Queen’s baton relay for Commonwealth Games comes to Bury

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The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Bury St Edmunds as part of its journey across the UK to launch the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Baton will arrive in Suffolk on Monday June 9 and visit Lowestoft, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

It will arrive in Bury in the early afternoon and visit a Super 8’s schools athletics competition in the town.

Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, St Edmundsbury cabinet member for health, well being and sport, said: “I am thrilled that the Queen’s Baton will be coming to the Super 8s athletics competition in Bury St Edmunds to inspire the town and the borough,

“The message the Baton and the Commonwealth Games bring is relevant to every one of us, joining in and being active benefits you, your community and even your nation.”

At each event there will be a small number of baton bearers chosen for their contribution to sport in the local community.

Commonwealth Games England President Dame Kelly Holmes, who won Commonwealth Gold in Manchester in 2002, said: “Suffolk has a huge sporting tradition and I know that people here will support the English athletes at the Games in July.”

The Queen’s Baton relay is the traditional curtain raiser to the Games and by the time it arrives in England it will have viksited 68 nationsa and territories that contain almost a third of the world’s population.

The Baton contains a message from the Queen which will be read at the opening ceremony.