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Norton runner one of the Batonbearers as Malton welcomed the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay

Malton was proud to welcome the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay yesterday (13 July) as part of its final leg around England before the start of the Commonwealth Games.

Ryedale District Council organised a community event in Malton Market Place which included performances from the White Star Band and Kirkham Henry Youth Choir and a fun sports relay events for children and rowing competition for adults run by Everyone Active.

Several local businesses also supported the event by running stalls in the Market Place.

The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in town shortly after 2pm and began on Yorkersgate before making its way through the Market Place and up to Old Malton Road ending just before the mini roundabout.

Members of the public as well as Malton mayor Ian Conlan, Ryedale District Councillor Di Keal and Malton town crier David Jackson cheered as the baton made its way through the Market Place.

The last of the eight Batonbearers in the Malton leg was Kate Towse, who was born and lives in Norton and works at Settrington Primary School.

Primary school children lined Old Malton Road waving flags and cheering on the runners including those from Settrington who had come out to support Kate.

Kate, a keen runner and member of Pickering Running Club who has completed the London Marathon, was nominated by her head teacher for her commitment to the local community.

Kate volunteers at 1st Norton Scout Club and helps to run a church club for children on Friday nights at St Peter’s Church.

She also helps with the church’s summer holiday club and has raised money for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association having been born with the condition herself.

“I do a lot of running,” Kate said, “I like to challenger myself.

“It’s quite exciting that [the Queen’s Baton Relay] has come to Malton. My school came to watch which was fantastic.”

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director of Place and Resources for Ryedale District Council, said: “It was a fantastic day in Malton welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to town.

“We were very lucky the sun shone all day and I would like to thank everyone who came out to get into the Commonwealth spirit and wave the baton on its way. 

“It was a great honour to host such a special event, and  we’d like to offer special thanks to Malton businesses who may have been affected by the road closures around the Market Place.”

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

It will finish its route around England in Birmingham on July 28 ahead of the Games’ Opening Ceremony.

To learn more about the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay visit www.birmingham2022.com/qbr