THE route to watch the Queen’s Baton Relay in the Royal Borough for the Commonwealth Games has been revealed.
A journey that brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth will be touring Maidenhead, Eton, and Windsor on Wednesday, 6 July, to kick off the games in Birmingham.
The Queen’s Baton, which will be touring English regions for 25-days, can be viewed via public viewing area at Maidenhead Waterways bridges, Eton High Street, Eton Bridge, Barry Avenue, and Alexandra Gardens in Windsor.
The relay is expected to depart from Library Square, in St Ives Road, Maidenhead, and will proceed along Maidenhead Waterways in a Canadian canoe as far as the pontoon.
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It will go to Taplow Lake for a wakeboarding and paddleboarding session with an invited audience, before heading to Thames Valley Athletics Center to join Windsor Girls’ sports day.
It will later proceed through the private grounds of Eton College and is scheduled to reach Eton High Street at around 10:35am for a hand-to-hand relay down the High Street, over Eton Bridge and along the promenade on Barry Avenue, Windsor.
Traffic will be held briefly as the Baton passes: on Pococks Lane, side roads leading into Eton High Street and along Barry Avenue.
At around 10.50am, the relay is scheduled to reach the bandstand at Alexandra Gardens, Windsor, and everyone is invited to join a community celebration from 10.30am until 1pm, with music, ‘have a go’ sports and selfies with Batonbearers.
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One of the Batonbearers includes para-powerlifter Louise Sugden, of Maidenhead. The Baton will be cheered on by Mini Batonbearers, students from local schools who are taking part in the Schools’ Baton Relay later in July.
Council leader Andrew Johnson said: “We look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Baton to the Royal Borough on its way to the Commonwealth Games, and we’ve planned a unique relay route that will showcase our fantastic borough and bring the excitement of the Games to our communities and the wider Thames Valley.
“This is also a great opportunity to inspire more people to get active locally, even possibly our next Commonwealth star, and we are inviting everyone to join in with this historic occasion, cheer on the Baton’s progress at the public viewing areas and join the community celebration at Alexandra Gardens.”
All timings are subject to the timely arrival and progress of the baton.
For those not able to watch the relay in person, you can still follow its progress live on Twitter using the hashtag #RBWMQBR