The Commonwealth Games baton relay will pass through Malvern this summer.

The Birmingham 2022 games will see the 16th edition of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

There will be plenty of opportunities to see the baton as it goes through the Malvern Hills area on the afternoon of July 22.

Malvern Hills District councillor Daniel Walton, portfolio holder for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “It will be an honour to have the Queen’s Baton visit the Malvern Hills District and it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the district’s beauty to the world.

“We hope everyone gets involved to not only cheer on our Batonbearers but to get involved in the celebrations and activities.

“It will be great to see our community come together to support this historical event”.

The baton will first arrive at Upton Marina, passing through the town centre before making its way up to Worcestershire Beacon.

It will then travel down to Malvern Town Football Club before relaying through Priory Park, up Church Street and finishing on Belle Vue Island.

The Queen’s Baton Relay made its inaugural appearance at the 1958 Cardiff games and has been a tradition ever since.

The Birmingham 2022 relay began at Buckingham Palace on October 7 2021, when The Queen placed Her message to the Commonwealth.

Following a brief stint in London for the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, the baton will continue its international tour before returning to England on July 4 ahead of the final 25-day tour of the regions.

Each day of the relay will see between 40 and 130 batonbearers take part.

One such runner is John Clark, a gym owner, mentor and coach from Rushwick.

Having suffered from food poverty as a child, Mr Clark set up the Miles 4 Meals charity to help children in a similar predicament and has so far raised around £50,000.

He said: “I’m incredibly honoured to have been nominated, let alone selected to carry the Baton.

“The challenges I’ve undertaken to raise money for charity were a real team effort, so I look forward to representing not just my family but the team of people alongside me whilst carrying the Baton in the relay.

“I am very thankful for this once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved and as a fitness coach, I hope the games encourage more of our nation to get active too."

For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, visit the Birmingham 2022 website.