Southampton will play host to the Queen’s Jubilee Baton as it passes through the city on its way to Birmingham for the start of the Commonwealth Games.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a 294-day journey across the Commonwealth that began on October 7, 2021.
By the time the baton arrives in Birmingham it will have visited all 72 nations and territories.
When the baton enters Southampton it will be carried by 10 different people.
It will begin its journey at Mount Pleasant Junior School, travel through city centre parks, passing the Titanic Memorial, the Cultural Quarter and Bargate, before ultimately arriving at its leaving point – a hovercraft at the seafront, bound for Portsmouth.
Council leader Councillor Satvir Kaur has spoken of her enthusiasm. She said: “Southampton is proudly made up of many communities from across our Commonwealth, so we’re excited to be part of the celebration leading up to the start of the Commonwealth Games being hosted in Birmingham.
“It’s great to be able to host the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay here and during the baton’s journey around our city, we are pleased it will be engaging with local school children to help inspire a generation, as well as give an opportunity to showcase everything great Southampton has to offer, from our stunning city parks to amazing culture and heritage.”
According to Visit Southampton, these are the approximate times and places residents will be able to see the Baton on the Southampton leg of its long, but almost over, journey:
4:23pm Palmerston Park
4:34pm Titanic Engineers Memorial (opposite the Cenotaph)
4:41pm Guildhall Square
4:52pm Bargate Monument
4:57pm Westquay on the Esplanade
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