Dame Kelly passes the baton in Tonbridge

Dame Kelly passes the baton in Tonbridge

The High Street was closed at 9.30am last Wednesday (July 6) when the first of five Baton Bearers who came from across the county received the ceremonial baton.

The relay continued along the High Street to Tonbridge Castle, where around a thousand school children were waiting with flags to cheer it on its way.

The children, from a number of schools across the borough, were joined by the Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, Sue Bell, MP Tom Tugendhat, Leader of the Council, Matt Boughton, as well as Hildenborough resident and former Olympian Dame Kelly.

Following the relay in Tonbridge, the Baton made its way to Canterbury before stopping off in Folkestone, Deal and Dover.

As the Baton travels around the country, it will pass through 189 English cities, towns and villages over 29 days before arriving at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on July 28.

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