Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay coming to Sheffield

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The Queen’s Baton Realy will be carried through Sheffield tomorrow.

Champion squash player Nick Matthew will join three baton-bearers for the relay on Sunday as Sheffield sports fans get on their marks for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Its visit to England is the last international leg of the relay before the baton enters Scotland and makes its way to Glasgow for the games on July 23.

The baton, carried by community heroes Elizabeth Sorsby, Tricia Memmott and Joanne Strong, will visit High Bradfield, Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen, and the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe.

The city’s leg of the relay begins at St Nicholas’ Church in High Bradfield at around 9am From there it will make its way along Jane street, past the Old Horns Pub down Woodfall Lane to the village green in Low Bradfield. The baton will then make its way around the village green.

Visitors will be able to have their photo taken with the baton and Nick before it heads to Concord Sports Centre, where it will be between 11.45am and 1.30pm.

The sports centre is offering people the chance to take part in fun, free activities including zorbing, dance taster sessions, football and boxing, between 11am and 3pm. There will also be Roller derby demonstrations.

The final stop for the baton will be the EIS, where it will make a brief visit to celebrate Nick’s unveiling in the hall of champions.

There will still be a chance to have a photo with the baton as it arrives at the venue at about 2.30pm for the invite-only event.

The baton has already visited 68 nations and territories and covered almost a third of the world’s population.

It contains a message from the Queen to the Commonwealth which will be read out at the opening ceremony of the games.