Residents are being encouraged to line the streets when the Commonwealth Games baton relay comes to Wychavon this summer.

The Birmingham 2022 games will see the 16th edition of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

There will be plenty of opportunities to see the baton as it goes through the Wychavon area on the afternoon of July 22.

Wychavon District councillor Rob Adams, executive board member for Stronger Communities, Culture and Sport, said: “I am thrilled to confirm that the Queen’s Baton Relay will be visiting Wychavon.

"I encourage people to come out to line the streets, as they did for the Olympic Torch in 2012, and get involved in the excitement and show their support for the Baton and the Batonbearers.”   

The Birmingham 2022 relay began at Buckingham Palace on October 7 2021, when The Queen placed Her message to the Commonwealth.

Following a brief stint in London for the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, the baton will continue its international tour before returning to England on July 4 ahead of the final 25-day tour of the regions.

The relay will first arrive in Broadway, where it will be received at Broadway Tower for a community celebration event.

The Baton will then make its way through Bridge Street and High Street in Pershore, before heading off towards Upton-upon-Severn. 

Each day of the relay will see between 40 and 130 batonbearers take part.

One of the confirmed community Batonbearers in Wychavon is Droitwich resident Neil Bates.

Mr Bates was nominated for his work increasing participation in tennis across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, particularly amongst disabled, blind and young people.

He said: “I was genuinely shocked when I was told the news but over the moon at the same time.

"It’s an honour and a privilege to have been chosen out of everyone who was nominated.

"It’s going to be a very special occasion and a proud moment to carry the Baton.”