Leeds is set for a hands-on role in the nationwide relay event that will form part of the build-up to this year’s Commonwealth Games.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will be coming to the city on June 12, organisers announced today.
Full details of the itinerary have yet to be confirmed but its visit will take in a number of well-known venues to help promote the Games, which get under way in Glasgow on July 23.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said: “We’re incredibly proud that the Queen’s Baton will be visiting Leeds in June and I’m sure the city will really get behind this exciting event. The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest global sporting events in the world and the visit of the baton, which will travel across 70 countries and territories before arriving in Glasgow, is yet another massive sporting coup for our city.
“With the Grand Depart of the Tour De France and the Rugby World Cup 2015 to look forward to as well, 2014 really is shaping up to be a landmark year for sport in Leeds.” Other cities being visited by the baton relay include Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Southampton.
The all-important carrying duties will be performed by ‘batonbearers’, chosen for their contribution to sport in the local community.
Information about each city’s batonbearers are due to be announced in the spring.
Sports fans will be encouraged to send messages of support on the big day to Team England via the @weRengland Twitter account or the OfficialWeAreEngland Facebook page.
The baton’s stop-off in Leeds will stir memories for many of the Olympic torch’s visit in 2012.
An estimated 200,000 people lined the city’s streets to catch a glimpse of the torch ahead of the London Olympics.