Commonwealth celebration event to welcome Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to Huddersfield

Birmingham Queens Baton Relay

Will you be coming to Greenhead Park on July 12 to welcome the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to Huddersfield?

The Baton sets off from St George’s Square at 11.55am and makes its way to Greenhead Park for around 12.25pm where it will be welcomed by people attending a Commonwealth cultural event. Taking place on the lower field, it runs from 11.00am – 2.00pm, and features a music, dance and art spectacle inspired by nations and cultures from across the Commonwealth.

We are inviting your to bring along a picnic and join in the celebrations as Kirklees showcases its own diverse cultures.

Please note glass cannot be brought to the event at Greenhead Park. 

The Baton

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition. It celebrates, connects, and excites communities from across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games and carries a message from the Queen. It also provides the opportunity for residents to experience the diversity of communities and cultures to be found in the Commonwealth.

The Baton has already completed an epic journey visiting Commonwealth countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the Americas. It is now touring England as part of the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games, which take place in Birmingham from Thursday 28 July until Monday 8 August.

Traffic Delays

Drivers and users of public transport are advised that there is likely to be some disruption to Huddersfield town centre traffic while the rolling-roadblock around the Batonbearers passes along the route. Disruption is expected to be minimal, and patience will be appreciated by the organisers.

Inspiration to People

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said: 

“I am thrilled that Huddersfield has been chosen as a destination for the Queen’s Baton Relay, as part of its incredible journey through England this summer.

 

“The backgrounds and stories of the Batonbearers, chosen for their contributions to their local communities in sport, education, the arts, culture, and charity, will provide inspiration to people of all ages.

 

“Many of our residents have links to Commonwealth countries which gives us yet another reason to come together as a community to celebrate the arrival of the baton which puts Huddersfield, and Kirklees, firmly on the map.”

Greenhead Park Celebrations

The following are planned events taking place in Greenhead Park

Stage Schedule (5 min change over times)
Act Start Time End Time
Cerys 11:00 11:25
Ukrainian Club (Music) 11:30 11:55
Hardeep Sahota Bhangra Group 12:00 12:27
Baton Arrives – Announcement 12:27 12:35
Callaloo Carnival Procession (1) 12:35 12:50
Ukrainian Dance 12:55 13:00
Callaloo Carnival Procession (2) 13:05 13:20
Big Wave 13:25 13:50
Speaker to close 14:00

Other activities include (11:00-14:00):

Yoga, Arts & Crafts (Baton making, Crown/Tiara Making, Commonwealth Flag making), African Drum Workshop, World Dancing Workshop, Digeridoo Demonstration/Workshop, Bhangra Workshop.