A sign stating seven days to go until the Queen's Baton Relay visits Blyth and Alnwick

Excitement mounts for Queen's Baton Relay visit

Excitement is mounting ahead of The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay visit to Northumberland on Friday, July 15. 
Final preparations are being made to welcome the Baton through the streets of Blyth and Alnwick – and residents are being encouraged to come along and give the relay a good Northumberland welcome. 
The Baton Relay’s appearance in the county forms part of its journey the length and breadth of England, culminating at the Opening Ceremony for the Birmingham 2022 games on 28 July.  
And now a new website has been set up providing residents and visitors with everything they need to know ahead of the Baton’s arrival - http://nlqbr.com/ 
In Blyth, the Queen’s Baton Relay starts its journey at Ridley Park Avenue at 10.38am, travelling along part of the Quayside, and finishes in the Market Place, where activities start from 9.30am. 
In Alnwick, it will travel through the centre of the town, starting at The Alnwick Garden* at 1.55pm, heading through the main town centre and finishing outside Alnwick Castle. 
*Limited tickets are still available for this event. Please visit The Alnwick Garden website for further information >> https://www.alnwickgarden.com/whats-on/  
Councillor Jeff Watson, Northumberland County Council Cabinet Member for Healthy Lives, said: “We’re so looking forward to having the Baton Relay in Northumberland – it's a real honour for the county and I know residents and visitors will be out in great numbers. 
“With activities in both Blyth and Alnwick town centres it’s going to be a fantastic day out. It will be busy and there will be some short road closures as the relay comes through, so it’s important people check the website for details and timings.” 
Travelling via land, air and sea, more than 180 communities in England will experience the Queen’s Baton on a route spanning 2,500 miles.  
Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition for all Commonwealth Games. 
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