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Derbyshire is getting ready to welcome the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay on Monday as it continues on its journey through England this summer.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is travelling the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July.
It began its stretch through England on a four-day tour through London on Thursday 2 June to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Queen’s Baton then continued on the international journey and returned to England on Monday 4 July for a 25-day tour of the regions.
On Monday 11 July the baton will arrive in Derby, before moving on through the Derbyshire Dales and onto the High Peak all in the same day. It will incorporate a number or organised events in the county, including at Derby City Centre Market Place, Bakewell Recreation Ground and the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.
Our officers will be out and about at events to support the relay as it passes through Derbyshire, and to ensure everyone can enjoy themselves safely.
We are also proud to have our very own baton bearer, PC Geoff Marshall, who was selected as one of community members to carry the baton through the Buxton leg.
PC Marshall was nominated to take part to recognise the work he had done as part of the emergency team at Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge in 2019, when it was feared the dam would collapse.
There will be road closures and some potential disruptions for motorists as the event passes through the county.
To check the details of events, please check with the relevant local authority here:
Chief Inspector Katie Andrews, who is one of the officers leading policing around the events in Derbyshire, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is an iconic part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and we’re pleased to be able to support the journey through Derbyshire.
“If you are considering coming along to any of the events or expect to be out about in those areas on Monday, please check ahead for any details and be aware of potential local disruptions.”
Ch. Insp. Andrews added: “We want our communities to enjoy the excitement and to cheer on the baton bearers safely, and we look forward to celebrating alongside local residents and visitors on Monday.”
For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, and the Commonwealth Games visit the Birmingham 2022 website. You can also follow the baton relay on social media using #QBR2022.