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Queen's Baton Relay visits London and Oxford

  • 6 June 2014
  • From the section England

The Queen's Baton Relay has travelled from London to Oxford on its seventh day in England.

The Queen's Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The relay was launched by the Queen, in her role as head of the Commonwealth, at Buckingham Palace last year.

In the capital the baton was carried from Tower Bridge to City Hall by Faramolu Johnson, Michael Pusey and Olympic and Commonwealth champion Christine Ohuruogu MBE.

They were joined by 30 children aged 8-11 and met by Mayor Boris Johnson.

The baton then made its way to Paddington Station for its visit to Oxford.

Highlights included a visit to Magdalen College School and the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

Four baton bearers - Juliet Field, Simon Price, Ian Warland and Johnny Pemberton - lead a procession through the park in the north of the city.

They were selected by Oxford City Council in recognition of their contribution to sport and the community.

Here choir boys looked at and touched the baton.

It was carried into the city by former and current Team England athletes including Heather Oliver, Chris Langridge and Commonwealth gold medallist fencer Claire Bennet.

The baton featured as part of the Cutteslowe Summer Festival in Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park, which was lined by children waving Commonwealth flags.

When Cardiff hosted the event in 1958 - the baton was first carried by athlete Roger Bannister from Buckingham Palace.

Sir Roger Bannister became the first athlete to run a sub-four minute mile at Iffley Road, Oxford.

Baton bearers Juliet Field and Johnny Pemberton helped take the baton through the city.

The baton will return to London on Friday evening where it will visit the BBC's headquarters before a weekend of events in the capital.

The baton contains a message from the Queen to the Commonwealth that will be read out at the opening ceremony of the Games.

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