Queen’s Baton Relay: Full plan as baton arrives in Newcastle and Gateshead next Friday

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Here’s where you can catch a glimpse of the baton on its famous relay in Newcastle and Gateshead

The Queen's Baton Relay will move through Newcastle and Gateshead next Friday.

The 16th official relay is taking place ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this year.

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The long baton route started in October last year and is on Tyneside next Friday, July 15.

The Baton, carried by local people, will start from the Angel of the North before making its way through Low Fell at 4:20 pm to Saltwell Park, where people will be able to take part in a range of sports taster activities from 4:30 pm before the Baton will arrive.

The Birmingham 2022 mascot, Perry, will also welcome the Baton into the Park, which is one of only a few appearances he will make across the 25 days of the relay in England.

The Baton will complete its journey through Gateshead before crossing the River Tyne by boat. It will then be carried up to Grey’s Monument before descending back to the Quayside.

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Celebrations will culminate with an end-of-day celebration at Wesley Square from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The baton is on its way to Tyneside (Image: Getty Images)The baton is on its way to Tyneside (Image: Getty Images)
The baton is on its way to Tyneside (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images for Birmingham 2022

Cllr Lesley Storey, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for a Vibrant City, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Tyneside in the build-up to this summer’s Commonwealth Games, and we’re excited to welcome the Batonbearers and spectators to celebrate in Newcastle.

“The end-of-day celebration will offer something for everyone, including plenty of chances for people to try their hand at some of the events on display at the Birmingham 2022 games.

“I’d encourage people to come down to see the relay make its way through our city and round off what promises to be a memorable occasion at our Quayside celebration event.”

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The relay will pass the Angel of the North before coming through Gateshead and into Newcastle (Image: Adobe Stock)The relay will pass the Angel of the North before coming through Gateshead and into Newcastle (Image: Adobe Stock)
The relay will pass the Angel of the North before coming through Gateshead and into Newcastle (Image: Adobe Stock) | AllisonLouvain - stock.adobe.com

Gateshead Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, Councillor Angela Douglas added: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is yet another fantastic opportunity to celebrate sport in our region and we’re delighted to welcome the inspirational Batonbearers as they travel across the borough. It’s also an exciting opportunity for people to come together to show their support and join in the fun activities in our award-winning Saltwell Park. I look forward to seeing everyone on the day.”

Representatives of Newcastle Eagles, Tyne Bridge Harriers and Hat Trick, the Elswick-based community sports development programme, will be on hand to allow attendees to try their hand at versions of Commonwealth games sports including basketball shootouts and free throws, running bleep tests, foam javelin throwing, standing long jumps and much more with prizes for those achieving the best scores.

Metro Radio will also be in attendance to provide the entertainment for the event and will be welcoming the Baton in at the end of the day at approximately 6:45 pm.

Katie Barker, captain of Newcastle United Women will be carrying the baton on behalf of the city on its final leg of the day along the Quayside.

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