Queen’s Baton Relay coming to Wigan Borough as highlight of fun-packed day at Haigh Woodland Park
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Wigan Borough as part of the countdown to this summer’s Commonwealth Games.
The arrival of the Queen’s Baton, which has made an epic journey across 72 nations and territories around the globe in the build-up to this summer’s games, will cap a fun-packed day of free family entertainment at Haigh Woodland Park on Sunday, July 17.
There will also be an artisan market and children’s activities plus a full programme of live music with the return of the always popular ‘A Summer Serenade’ event hosted by Wigan Music Service.
Councillor David Molyneux MBE, Leader of Wigan Council, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay to Haigh Woodland Park.
“The passing of the Baton is all about bringing people together in celebration, and as a council we share that passion for inspiring and connecting communities.
“It promises to be another special day in a truly memorable summer for Wigan Borough, what with our recent Platinum Jubilee celebrations and the upcoming UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 tournament.
“This is another wonderful opportunity for the people of Wigan Borough to be part of an exciting global event and a chance to enjoy a fun family day out with some brilliant performances from our talented young musicians.”
The Baton, which began its 294-day global journey in October 2021, will be carried by a team of Batonbearers from the North West who were nominated and selected in recognition of their contributions to their local communities.
They are scheduled to reach Haigh Woodland Park just before 3.30pm.
However, the fun begins from 10am with market stalls, street food and other family-friendly activities – plus live musical performances across two stages from the likes of Wigan Youth Brass Band, the Wigan Youth Concert Band and the Wigan Youth Orchestra, who will herald the Baton’s arrival by playing the National Anthem.
After a lap of the park, the relay will set off again at around 4.15pm to continue its tour of the country ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on 28 July. Entertainment will finish at 5pm – with more details to be announced soon.
For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay visit www.birmingham2022.com/qbr.