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Still time to sign up for special community parade to celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay in Sandwell

Published 15th July 2022

Queen's Baton Relay graphic with image of Batonbearer and list of the six towns to be visited on 25 July.

There’s still time for groups to get involved in a special community parade to mark the culmination of Sandwell’s historic day hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay on Monday 25 July.

Sandwell Council is hoping around 250 to 500 people who represent the borough’s vibrant groups and communities will join in the short parade following the Queen’s Baton from Dartmouth Park to Sandwell Valley as it makes the final leg of its journey through Sandwell.

To apply to be part of the parade, email visit@sandwell.gov.uk as soon as possible.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will spend the whole day visiting each of Sandwell’s six towns on Monday 25 July.

The Baton will be in West Bromwich from 5.36pm to 7.15pm, starting its journey in Spon Lane and making its way via Bull Street, Walsall Street and Reform Street. It will finish its journey by moving from Dartmouth Park to Sandwell Valley.

A special celebration event will run from 4pm-9pm at Sandwell Valley Showground, with live local music on stage, fire performances, stilt walkers and entertainers, a performance by Bhangra Smash Up, family activities, a beer and pizza tent and more. Everyone is invited to attend to the event – please book a free ticket so organisers know how many people to expect. Find out more about the Queen’s Baton Relay (the text takes you to a web link).

Those taking part in the parade should arrive at Dartmouth Park cricket pitch by 6pm.

The community parade, which will last around 20 minutes, will start from Dartmouth Park cricket pitch, taking a route past the war memorial and pavilion building, before heading down towards Sandwell Valley Showground. The route is on flat, paved hardstanding, however there is a steep incline down from the pavilion building towards Sandwell Valley.

Councillor Laura Rollins, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “I want everyone to feel the buzz generated by the Queen’s Baton Relay when it visits our six towns on 25 July. We have a special event in each of our six towns to celebrate the Baton’s journey.

“We are encouraging community groups to take part in this special parade as the Baton Relay approaches the finishing line and by joining in the celebrations at the event in Sandwell Valley.

“We will try to accommodate as many community groups as we can, but if we have a large demand we may need to limit some numbers.”

Find out more about the Queen’s Baton Relay in Sandwell – including the six special events across the six towns, route maps and road information (the text takes you to a web link).