Raising the Flag for the Commonwealth Games

By on 10/03/2014 in Culture, News

Birmingham's Lord Mayor, Cllr Mike Leddy, met two of Birmingham’s Baton Bearers for the Queen’s Baton relay this morning and raised the Commonwealth Flag in preparation for the Commonwealth Games which start in Glasgow on 23 July.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mike Leddy, Pritesh Pattni, Mimi Cesar and Lady Mayoress Pauline Leddy

The Queen's Baton Relay (QBR) comes to Birmingham on 2 June during its two week journey across England, drumming up support for Team England, celebrating sport as it goes and marking the countdown to the Commonwealth Games which start in Glasgow on 23 July.  Baton Bearer Pritesh Pattni coaches Badminton to young people in Aston and Baton Bearer Mimi Cesar is a rhythmic gymnast who is up for selection for this year's Commonwealth Games.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Mike Leddy, said: “It gives me great pleasure to officially raise Birmingham's Commonwealth Flag and meet some of Birmingham's Baton Bearers ahead of the Queen's Baton Relay's arrival in Birmingham on 2 June.  By the time the Queen's Baton Relay arrives in England the Baton will have visited 68 nations and territories.  It is a tremendous honour that Birmingham was selected to host the Relay during the last international leg before the Baton enters Scotland for the XX Commonwealth Games.”


For more information contact Debbie Harrison at Birmingham City Council on 0121 303 4476 / 078801 80385

Notes to Editors

The Queen's Baton Relay in England is supported with National Lottery funding from Sport England.
The Queen's Baton Relay will call at the following places on the following dates on its journey through England in 2014
Saturday 31st May - Manchester /Cheshire (Congleton)
Sunday 1st June - Sheffield
Monday 2nd June - Birmingham
Tuesday  3rd June - Plymouth (AM) and Bristol (PM)
Wednesday 4th June - Southampton
Thursday 5th June - Kent
Friday 6th June - Oxford
Saturday 7th June - London
Sunday 8th June - London
Monday 9th June - Suffolk
Tuesday 10th June - Leicester
Wednesday 11th June - Hull
Thursday 12th June - Leeds
Friday 13th June – Newcastle Gateshead (AM) and Alnwick Castle, Northumberland (PM)

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