THE QUEEN’S baton relay has started its day touring Solihull.
The baton left Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel shortly after 8am this morning (Tuesday).
The first baton bearer was British, European, and WBU World Middleweight Boxing champion, Wayne Elock.
His professional career saw him take 19 wins from 23 fights, including victories against top quality opponents like Howard Eastman and Scott Dann.
Speaking ahead of the relay event Wayne said: ““When I first heard that a major event like the commonwealth games was to be held in my home city of Birmingham for the very first time, I was absolutely buzzing, but then as a proud born and bred brummie to then be selected to carry the Queen’s Baton in the relay was unbelievable and I already know it will be yet another everlasting memory for me, my family and my friends to cherish I can’t wait for the day to arrive.”
The baton’s nect stop was Babbs Mill Park in Fordbridge and then onto North Solihull Sports Centre, Chelmsley Wood, the NEC, Berkswell, Knowle and Shirley.
The baton will end it’s tour of the borough in Solihull tonight in time for the ticketed Jubilee Gardens Extravaganza with music especially commissioned for the event.
Our photographer Marcus Mingins is out and about in the borough capturing the festivities.