Top tourist attractions in Dudley borough are gearing up to welcome the prestigious Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay.
Representatives from the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley Zoo and Castle, the Black Country Run, Merry Hill, and the Red House Glass Cone gathered at the Council House last week to mark the announcement of their venues as sites for the Queen’s Baton Relay.
Senior figures from the Queen’s Baton Relay sites were joined by the leader of Dudley Council, Councillor Patrick Harley, and the Council’s Batonbearer nominee, Sgt Adam Sefton from the B Squadron Royal Yeomanry.
The Queen’s Baton will visit the attractions on the afternoon of Sunday 24 July as part of a series of community activities to celebrate the arrival of the Commonwealth Games in the borough. Halesowen will be the first area to welcome the Queen’s Baton as part of this year’s Black Country Fun Run, organised by Halesowen and Rowley Regis Rotary Club.
The relay will then continue through Mary Stevens Park, before visiting the historic Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge. As the relay heads into Dudley, the Queen’s Baton will travel back in time at the Black Country Living Museum, then take in the natural world on its journey through the grounds of the picturesque Dudley Zoo and Castle.
The festivities will continue with a civic event at Coronation Gardens in Dudley town centre, then conclude with an evening celebration at the Waterfront, Merry Hill, featuring live entertainment and music. Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said:
"These venues will play an important role in delivering the fantastic programme of activities that are going to take place when the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Dudley.
"We are working hard to make it a memorable experience for our borough and we are very grateful for their ongoing support."
For more information on the Commonwealth Games events taking place in Dudley borough this summer, including the Queen’s Baton Relay and the men’s and women’s cycling time trials, visit the council's Commonwealth Games hub.