Commonwealth Games 2022 baton
Commonwealth Games 2022 baton

Confirmation of a visit by the Queen’s Baton Relay has been welcomed by bosses at the National Memorial Arboretum.

It has been confirmed that the several Batonbearers will carry the it across the 150-acre site in Alrewas as it arrives in Lichfield and Burntwood on 20th July on route to Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Mark Ellis, from the National Memorial Arboretum, said the Alrewas centre for remembrance would be a fitting backdrop for the relay.

“The visit from the Queen’s Baton Relay will be a huge highlight for our visitors, volunteers and staff as the nation looks forward to Birmingham 2022.

“The arboretum is home to many memorials that honour the service and collaboration of diverse communities from across the Commonwealth, including members of the Armed Forces who have served and continue to serve alongside each other in times of war and peace, working together to protect our freedoms and way of life.”

Mark Ellis, National Memorial Arboretum

The visit coincides with a number of activities at the arboretum around the theme of sports, service and the Commonwealth.

“With 2022 being the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and with Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games, we wanted to take the opportunity to explore how the Commonwealth has helped shape our communities and to highlight the role that sport plays in the lives of Armed Forces personnel and veterans returning to civilian life.

“Our Sports, Service and the Commonwealth summer programme is a celebration of these international friendships and the diverse communities who live in Britain today.

“Visitors will be able to see new exhibitions, contribute to a collaborative work of art, join guided walks, take part in sporting activities, an augmented reality experience and our ever-popular outdoor escape challenge.”

Mark Ellis, National Memorial Arboretum

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