JUBILEE - Queen’s baton relay in Kent
This summer, ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Kent. The baton will travel the length of the UK before the Opening Ceremony on the 28th July 2022 and to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend, the baton will spend four days in London, from Thursday 2nd June. It will then resume its international tour before returning to England on Monday 4th July, and Kent has the honour of hosting part of the epic journey on the 7 – 8th July.
Tonbridge, Canterbury, Folkestone, Deal, Dover and Gravesend will all be welcoming inspirational batonbearers as they transit through the towns and cathedral city. The journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth, and the nation, will give the opportunity for people to experience the excitement of the spectacular sporting event.
Representing the South East, the batonbearers have been nominated in recognition of their meaningful contributions to their local community, in either sport, education, the arts, culture or charity so it is expected that hundreds of people will line the streets to give thanks and embrace the arrival of the baton and experience the buzz of their community.
Kent is full of hidden gems and brimming with community spirit and so it is a fantastic opportunity to show the county off for all to see. The Kent leg of the journey starts at approximately 9:00am in Tonbridge High Street, on Thursday 7th July, where the batonbearers will be joined by local school children at Tonbridge Castle. It will then travel to Canterbury passing the awe-inspiring Canterbury Cathedral before heading on to the Kent coast of Folkestone, Deal and Dover and finally being welcomed in Gravesend the following, and final, day in Kent.
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