Town to welcome Games baton relay

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The Commonwealth Games baton relay is coming to Newmarket this summer on its way to the Glasgow games.

The stop at Headquarters, on Monday, June 9,which was officially announced yesterday, will form part of its day in Suffolk aimed at drumming up support for Team England and celebrating sport.

And the visit will be midway through the baton’s two-week tour of the country as it makes it way to the Games’ opening ceremony on July 23.

At the Rowley Mile racecourse there will be a mass participation community relay marking the baton’s visit before it moves on to Bury St Edmunds to visit a schools’ athletics competition.

It’s the second time the Queen’s Baton Relay has been through Newmarket.

Back in 2002, when the Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, racing legend Lester Piggott was chosen to carry the baton on the final leg of its arrival route into the town along Fred Archer Way. The names of this year’s baton bearers, chosen for their contribution to sport in the area, will be announced in the spring.

Newmarket councillor Warwick Hirst, Forest Heath District Council’s cabinet member for health, leisure and culture, said: “I am delighted that the Queen’s Baton is coming to Newmarket, to the historic Rowley Mile racecourse, where it can be enjoyed by many at the mass participation community relay.

“It will be a memorable day and I hope will inspire all those involved to get the most out of their lives by keeping active.”