Hundreds enjoyed Queen’s Baton Relay in Sheffield

The Queen's Baton is delivered to Low Bradfield
The Queen's Baton is delivered to Low Bradfield
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Residents turned out in force to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to Sheffield.

The streets of High Bradfield were lined as the baton set off on its journey through the city visiting Concord Sports Centre in Shiregreen, and the English Institute of Sport at Attercliffe.

The baton, which contains a message from the Queen, was in Sheffield as part of its journey through England before it enters Scotland and makes its way to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games on July 23.

Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Vickie Priestly said it had been a great day for everyone involved.

“It is fantastic. I was really proud when I found out the baton would be coming to the city,” she added.

Bessie Sorsby, from Mosborough, said it was an honour to be chosen to carry the baton from High Bradfield.

The 17-year-old, who was nervous about carrying the baton for fear of dropping it, was accompanied by champion squash player Nick Matthew.

Bessie handed the baton over to Sheffrec Cycling Club, who carried it to the village green in Low Bradfield.

Jo Strong, aged 33 of Norton, who carried the baton in Low Bradfield, said: “It was fabulous. It was so much better than I expected it to be, although I’m not quite sure what I expected.

“It’s a bit of a blur that it has actually happened.”

Jo added that she was ‘shocked and extremely honoured’ to have been nominated by Sheffield International Venues for her work as a GP referral instructor at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre and Springs Leisure Centre.

The baton then made its way across the city where it was welcomed by hundreds of children at Concord Sports Centre who enjoyed a day of free activities including zorbing, dance and roller derby demonstrations.

Youngsters had the chance to have their photographs taken with the baton, and pose with baton bearer Tricia Memmott, aged 24, of Wincobank who was joined by Barnsley-born Olympic swimmer James Kirton.

The baton ended its journey in Sheffield at the English Institute of Sport where it was taken into a ceremony to celebrate Nick’s unveiling in the hall of champions.