A COMMONWEALTH boxing champion, a former England test cricket player and Solihull’s heroes were cheered on as the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton relay made its way through the borough.
Crowds turned out in force across the borough to catch a glimpse of the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle and take part in the festivities on offer.
The baton left Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel shortly after 8am on Tuesday, July 26, and was carried by middleweight Commonwealth Games boxing champion, Wayne Elock for the first leg of its journey.
The baton made its way across to North Solihull Sports Centre in Chelmsley Wood where baton bearer, Jason Jules, and Perry, the Birmingham 2022 mascot had a go at the activities on offer at the sports themed event being held.
Second World War RAF veteran, Albert Jarrett carried the baton at North Solihull Sports Club.
The 98-year-old has been described as the “Jamaican community’s Captain Tom Moore” and became one of the directors of The Forgotten Generation, a charity set up to honour British African and Caribbean military personnel.
It was then onto Marston Green where the Baton boarded a horse-drawn canal barge on the Grand Union Canal with baton bearer Aaron Ciesar.
The baton then travelled through Hampton-in-Arden where former England test cricket player Darren Maddy carried the baton.
It then went through the streets of Merdien and Berkswell and into Knowle.
The baton visited Knowle Locks with baton bearer Ollie Russell and was cheered on through the packed village centre.
The baton also visited Shirley Park where there was sports day event hosted by the Friends of Shirley Park and army cadet agility games.
Its final stop was Solihull town centre where the baton ended its tour at Jubilee Gardens where a free music event took place.
Observer photographer Marcus Mingins was on hand at North Solihull Sports Centre and in Knowle.