Proud Prestonians hold the Queen's Baton at relay

The Queen’s Baton travelled through Preston on Saturday - 10 years after the Olympic Torch visited the city on route to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The Commonwealth Baton departed from Miller Park at 2.45pm and travelled through the city centre to the Flag Market where it was greeted by Preston’s Mayor Councillor Neil Darby around 3.08pm.

He said: “We are honoured to have been chosen to host The Queen’s Baton on its route to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Baton bearers from Preston included Montgomery-Everard Lord who set five Guinness World Records for impossible memory challenges, Peter Warden – a 2020 Queen’s Honours List holder for his services to athletics; Shelby Williams, a running leader and coach for which she has won national awards for her dedication to the sport; and Rebecca Rich, charity Dance Syndrome's spokesperson and ambassador.

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