Get set for Queen’s Baton Relay

Crowds are expected to the line the streets when the Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay visits Wychavon next week.

The Baton will be making its way through Broadway and Pershore on Friday 22 July on its way to the Second City for the start of this year's Commonwealth Games. Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories of service to their community, will carry the Baton as it makes its way through the district.

The Wychavon leg of the Baton relay will start about 1.05pm in Broadway when four Batonbearers will carry it along Station Road, from the Cheltenham Road junction to the roundabout on the High Street. There will be entertainment in the village from 11am including stilt walkers, face painting and circus skills to help crowds get into the spirit of the occasion.

The Baton will be then transported to Broadway Tower for about 1.24pm where a short celebration event will take place until the Baton leaves at 1.49pm. From 11.30am there will be entertainment at the iconic landmark including a chance to try out a pedal powered smoothie bike, a soft archery tag game, circus skills and pose for a picture in a giant deck chair.

About 2.31pm the Baton will arrive in Pershore Town Centre. Starting from the residential area on Bridge Street, four Batonbearers will take it in turns to carry the Baton up the High Street to the junction with Cherry Orchard at 2.41pm. There will be activities to enjoy from midday with the chance to meet Pershore Plum Festival mascots Prunella and Eggbert as well as this year's Plum Royalty, along with face painting and samba drumming.

Road closures will be in place along the routes while the Baton is making its way through Broadway and Pershore. These include Station Road in Broadway, from the Cheltenham Road junction to the roundabout on the High Street for 20 minutes between 12.35pm and 2.05pm. All High Street parking will be suspended from Springfield Lane to the roundabout during these times.

Delays should also be expected on the Childswickham Road and Cheltenham Road areas near the long stay car park. Traffic control measures will be in place to allow the Baton relay convoy to depart the long stay car park on Childswickham Road and enter the road closure area.

In Pershore, Bridge Street up to the Cherry Orchard junction on the High Street will be closed for a maximum of 20 minutes between 2pm and 3.30pm. All roadside parking will be suspended on the High Street from Broad Street to the Cherry Orchard junction from 1.30pm up to 3.30pm. There will also be delays on the B4084 by Pershore College and the Pensham Hill Junction as traffic control measures will be in place to allow the Baton relay convoy to depart Pershore College and enter the road closure area.

Although the Baton relay organisers are confident they will arrive at the advertised times, they can be anywhere from 30 minutes early to up to one hour late. This could affect relay and road closure timings.

Cllr Rob Adams, Executive Board Member for Stronger Communities, Culture and Sport on Wychavon District Council, said: "It's an honour to have the Queen's Baton Relay travel through Wychavon and I encourage everyone to line the streets, cheer on the Batonbearers that will include dedicated members of our community, and enjoy some of the fabulous entertainment on offer." 

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