Lenny Henry becomes the baton-bearer during the relay to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Sir Lenny Henry has said that carrying the Queen’s Baton on the final leg of his 294-day journey to the Commonwealth Games fills him with “great pride”.

Omic Relief founder Sir Lenny will carry Baton Queen Birmingham 2022 on a 90,000-mile journey around 72 countries and territories of the Commonwealth.

The 63-year-old actor will run through Victoria Square in Birmingham on Wednesday, the day before the opening ceremony.


Baton Relay passes through the town of Upton on the Severn (David Davies/PA)

Sir Lenny said: “The opportunity to carry the Queen’s Baton on the final leg of her journey makes me incredibly proud, especially when I think about how far it has come over the past nine months.

“It crossed land, sea and air to cover every corner of the Commonwealth, including my parents’ hometown in Jamaica, and all the way to Birmingham City Center (pointing down to you). road from Dudley, where I had my first vacation); and made by inspirational individuals whose stories blew me away.

“Give hats to everyone who participated.”

Sir Lenny has been invited as baton bearer to celebrate Sport Relief becoming the official charity partner of the Birmingham Olympics.

The Prince of Wales will deliver the opening ceremony at Alexander Stadium, during which he will read the Queen’s message to the Commonwealth Games.

It will be the largest sporting event in the UK since London 2012, and will see athletes from across the Commonwealth compete in 19 sports and eight para-sports.

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