Local groups encouraged to get involved in the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay in Shrewsbury

The award-winning local events business, Shropshire Festivals, has expressed their delight and pride at being chosen by Shropshire Council to collaborate on the celebrations surrounding the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to Shrewsbury on Monday 18 July.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is travelling the length and breadth of England across a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July.

Shropshire Festivals has been enlisted to organise a free, family festival in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park. The event will run from 4pm until 9pm on 18 July, meaning locals can join in the fun after school and work.

The events team are looking for sports, arts, and community groups to get involved by providing have-a-go activities and showcases, plus local performers and street food vendors.

“Join us for a huge, free family celebration at the Quarry to honour the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to Shrewsbury,” said Beth Heath, owner of Shropshire Festivals.

“To commemorate this once in the lifetime moment for the town we want to fill the Quarry with street food, schools, musicians, sports clubs, arts organisations, and local community groups from across the county to provide performances, live music, hands-on taster sessions, and demonstrations for all to enjoy. We’d love to hear from local groups who can showcase what they do at the event.

“The Baton’s trip through the town is something we’ll all remember for years to come, so let’s make it a day to remember!”

To register for a free ticket or find out about being part of the celebrations, visit originalshrewsbury.co.uk/QBR.

The charity, Energize, have funding available from Sport England and the National Lottery to support local clubs and coaches address inequalities across communities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, in association with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Energize are wishing to hear from local community clubs offering sport and physical activity opportunities who need assistance to keep activating or reaching out to disadvantaged people in their communities. Find out more at www.energizestw.org.uk/commonwealth-games-funding.