Queen's Baton Relay in Leeds: As it happened

Key points

  • The Queen's Baton Relay is the main curtain raiser for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow between 23 July and 3 August
  • The baton is the Commonwealth Games version of the Olympic torch and carries a sealed, secret message written by the Queen
  • The baton relay journeys around England for 14 days and crosses the border into Scotland on 14 June

Live text


  • Stephanie Barnard 
  • Pritti Mistry 

Last updated 12 June 2014

STANDARD 10:00 Good morning

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

It's day 13 of the Queen's Baton Relay tour of England and today it's in Leeds.

I'll be keeping you up to date with what's happening and where the baton is. Of course, if you spot it send us your photos. Tweet using the hashtag #bbcbatonrelay or email.

STANDARD 10:08 At Headingley Cricket Ground

Pritti Mistry, BBC News

Morning! I'm in Leeds today covering the Queen's Baton Relay as it travels across the city.

Pupils celebrating in Grimsby

Yesterday I followed the baton as it visited several places and schools in Hull and Grimsby. You can see photos from yesterday online.

I'm ready to roll with the baton due to arrive at Headingley Cricket Ground in about half an hour.

STANDARD 10:14 Curtain raiser

The relay is the main curtain raiser for the Commonwealth Games, which are being held in Glasgow between 23 July and 3 August.

STANDARD 10:24 Waiting for the baton...

Daragh Corcoran, Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm reporting live from Headingley this morning for BBC Radio Leeds.

Queen's Baton bearer Laura Beardsmore and organiser Sarah Crossley in Leeds

I'm waiting with aikido champion Laura Beardsmore and organiser Sarah Crossley.

STANDARD 10:33 Dry and warm

Looks like another great day, with a high of 21C (69F).

Weather outlook in Leeds

It will be dry and warm with sunny spells, although cloud will tend to increase later in the day. Read the full forecast on BBC Weather.

STANDARD 10:43 Adams in training

Ben Moore, Reporter, BBC News

The baton has already made an early appearance this morning at Burmantofts Amateur Boxing Club on Hudson Road where Nicola Adams trains.

Nicola Adams holding Queen's Baton

STANDARD 10:50 Ear plugs ready

Pritti Mistry, BBC News

I'm at Headingley's indoor cricket centre where about 60 kids from schools across Leeds are showing off their skills in rugby, cricket and football.

Pritti Mistry putting in ear plugs

By the way, I've come prepared with some ear plugs this time after yesterday's "screamathon" in Hull and Grimsby.

STANDARD 10:56 'Don't drop the baton'

Aikido champion Laura Beardsmore, 27, brings the baton into Headingley cricket centre. She won three gold medals last year in the World Championships.

Laura says she's "keeping her nerves intact" because she's afraid she'll drop the baton. Thankfully she hasn't so far!

Laura Beardsmore carrying Queen's baton

Laura was nominated to carry the baton for her work with young people encouraging them from junior to senior level competition.


Ben Moore, Reporter, BBC News

The Commonwealth baton arrives to cheers at Headingley.

Queen's Baton welcomed in Headingley, Leeds

We'll be following it all day. You can see more on Look North at 13:30 and 18:30 on BBC One.

STANDARD 11:09 'Too heavy'

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

When asked "What do you think to the baton?" one of the kids replies: "It's really pretty but you wouldn't like to carry it because it's too heavy."

Children at headingley with the Queen's baton

If you spot the baton in Leeds today, email or tweet your photos to us.