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Waterfront to host fun day as part of Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations

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A free family fun day is being held at The Waterfront on Sunday as part of the celebrations when the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay passes through the borough.

It will feature live entertainment, dancers, jugglers, stilt walkers, a cycling skills track and food from Digbeth Dining Club from 12pm to 8pm.

The Baton is expected to arrive at the canalside complex near Merry Hill at around 6.45pm as the final one of a number of stop-offs across the borough during the day.

The last carrier of the baton in the borough will be Brierley Hill’s Lions Amateur Boxing Club coach Kevin Dillon, who will take it on its journey into The Waterfront.

It will then depart by barge along the famous Dudley No.1 Canal, ready to begin the next stage of its journey to the opening ceremony on Thursday July 28.

As well as coaching hundreds of youngsters at the boxing club, Kevin is also a key figure behind the podcast Black Country Blokes. It focuses on mental health issues for men and the group has a regular show on Black Country Radio Xtra, based at The Waterfront.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of the council, said:

We’re delighted that Dudley borough is one of the final destinations for the Queen’s Baton before it arrives in Birmingham next week for the start of the Games.
The excitement is really starting to build now and we want as many people as possible to get involved.
We’ll have loads going on down at The Waterfront - as well as at all of the other locations across the borough - and I would urge people to go along and celebrate what is probably a once in a lifetime event.

Kevin Dillon, head coach at Lions Amateur Boxing Club, said:

It will be a huge honour to be the last person to carry the baton in my hometown before it goes off on its way to Birmingham for the start of the Games.
I can’t wait and hope as many people as possible will come out and support the event.

The celebrations will begin on Sunday when the Queen's Baton arrives in Halesowen town centre for the Halesowen Fun Run. Just before the Fun Run kicks off, Batonbearers will head off on their relay around the town centre at 1.39pm.

The relay will then head to Stourbridge, where it will pass through Mary Stevens Park at 2.46pm. Halesowen Scout Band will be performing live on the band stand as the Baton takes in Queen’s Drive, the lake and the Frank Foley statue.

The historic Red House Glass Cone in Wordsley is hosting a free family event from 1pm to 4pm to welcome the Queen's Baton, which will arrive at 3.29pm. The fun includes hot glass blowing demos, craft activities for kids and a dressed working narrowboat. Wristbands are required to gain entry and must be collected from the Visitor Centre prior to the event.

The journey through the borough will then continue to Dudley. Batonbearers will make their way down the streets of the Black Country Living Museum from 4.31pm. The museum is offering free tickets for viewing the Baton from 4pm to 5pm – to book go to www.bclm.com.

Dudley Zoo and Castle is the next destination for the Batonbearers, who will begin their tour of the zoo at 4.58pm. Lemurs and meerkats will be watching as the relay heads past their enclosures and free tickets are available to join them at the zoo between 4.15pm and 6pm. To book go to www.dudleyzoo.org.uk.

The council will then be holding a civic event to celebrate the arrival of the Baton at Coronation Gardens opposite the Council House. The relay will continue into the town centre, where 100 local Brownies and Guides and the Got 2 Sing Choir will welcome the Batonbearers.

From there, the relay heads on to Brierley Hill. The Queen's Baton will make its way through High Street in the town centre, which is set to undergo major refurbishment starting later this year. It will then move to its final destination at The Waterfront.

Temporary road closures and traffic management measures will follow the relay route. Some longer road closures will be place in Brierley Hill, Dudley and Halesowen town centres to support the delivery of the biggest events. A full list of road closures during the Queen’s Baton Relay is available at www.dudley.gov.uk/cgtraffic.

For more information on the Commonwealth Games events taking place in Dudley borough this summer, including the Queen’s Baton Relay and the cycling time trials, visit our Commonwealth Games hub.

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