Stan the baton man

Here’s a proud 97-year-old on a special mission in Milsom Street this morning. Normandy veteran Stan Ford was one of nine people to share the honour of carrying the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay through the city arrived in Bath today. Across the country it’s been bringing communities together ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Stan Ford

It was an event that started at the Royal Crescent and went via the Roman Baths to the end of its journey through the city at the Guildhall.

Lois and Ed Jackson

Lois and Ed Jackson, founders of Millimetres 2 Mountains, began the relay for Bath, followed by Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Millward MBE who handed it on to Oliver Westcombe from official Birmingham 2022 lighting providers SLX.

Pippa Tilney

Next to carry the baton was Pippa Tilney from Bristol who champions the social and mental health benefits of sport, followed by Charly McNelis from Corsham who raises awareness of cancer.

Stan Ford and Kate French

Stan Ford was the Batonbearer at Milsom Street before Kate French, UK and world number one in Modern Pentathlon took the baton into the Roman Baths after being greeted by the Ermine Street Guard and Year 6 pupils from St Andrew’s Church School.

Harmonie-Rose Allen

Harmonie-Rose Allen, quadruple amputee and meningococcal septicemia survivor, officially welcomed the baton inside the Baths.

Sharon Davies and Kate French

Olympic, Commonwealth and European medallist Sharron Davies was the final Batonbearer before the baton headed to Bristol for the next part of its journey.

L-R: Sean Stephenson-McGall, Chair’s escort; Cllr Dine Romero; Ed Jackson, Batonbearer; Shaun Stephenson-McGall, Chair; Lois Jackson, Batonbearer.

Shaun Stephenson McGall, council Chair, said: “Bath has a rich history with sport, with both internationally renowned Bath Rugby and the University of Bath in the city and the baton’s arrival in Bath was a wonderful opportunity for people to be inspired to get involved in sport. Next year we look forward to welcoming the Modern Pentathlon and Laser-Run World Championships in Bath – another great occasion.

“Thank you to all the Batonbearers and the Ermine Street Guard who formed a guard of honour as the Baton arrived, with a special thank you to pupils from St Andrew’s primary school who stood alongside, looking resplendent in their togas! It was fantastic to see so many people lining the streets to watch this special event.”

Batonbearers, Ermine Street Guard, Cllr Dine Romero, Council Chair Cllr Shaun Stephenson-McGall, Mayor of Bath Cllr Rob Appleyard, Annie Maw Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Harmonie-Rose Allen
Sharron Davies and Kate French

View the council’s Queen’s Baton Relay webpage for more details on the Batonbearers.

The relay began on October 7, 2021, with Her Majesty The Queen placing her Message to the Commonwealth into the baton. The baton is now on its 294-day-long journey to every corner of the Commonwealth. It is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the opening ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July 2022.

Further information on the Queen’s Baton Relay can be found at www.birmingham2022.com/qbr