Yesterday saw The Queens Baton relay start its penultimate leg in Sutton Coldfield. Huge crowds filled the Parade. After a few pictures with the Mayor Cllr Jan Cairns. The baton was then handed over to our own home grown sporting superstar Laura Unsworth who has won three olympic medals one gold and two bronze. She will be going for gold at the commonwealth games along with the rest of the England Hockey Team.
Laura carried the baton down the parade which was full of cheering well wishers young and old she passed the baton onto Leon Edwards who is a mixed martial artist from Erdington he carried the baton along Holland Street and then handed over to Julie Mitchell who helps people with mental health issues across the West Midlands. The baton was then handed over to Judy Simpson, who then passed it over to Michelle Stammers who carried along Upper Holland Road skipping at dancing as she proudly held the baton. Michelle then passed the baton on to Raaj Shamji who took the baton into New Hall Valley Park where it started its journey to Pipe Hayes Park, a number of community champions including Olivia White (co-founder of Kids Club Kampala) continued to take the baton through the park to Pipe Hayes Park where the celebration event was being held
Allan Pengelly and Tom Wride from Sutton Coldfield Tennis Club have both been selected to captain Great Britain for the world championships in Portugal. Allan will captain the over 35’s and Tom the over 40’s. The event will be played at the Estoril Open venue on the Portuguese Riviera in July.