Queen's Baton Relay in England day six: Kent

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
  • Commonwealth Games England is sending a 400-strong team to Glasgow to compete across 17 sports disciplines
  • Dame Kelly Holmes was a member of Tonbridge Athletics Club
  • The bouncing bombs used in the Dambuster raids were secretly tested off the Kent coast at Herne Bay. There is a statue of their inventor, Sir Barnes Wallis, in the town

Live text


  • Stephanie Barnard 
  • Hamish Reid 
  • Tanya Gupta 

Last updated 5 June 2014

STANDARD 08:00 Good morning

Hamish Reid, BBC News

Good morning and welcome to our live text coverage of the Queen's Baton Relay on day six of its tour around England ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Today we're in Kent, starting in Tonbridge and ending in the county town of Maidstone.

Among those taking part are Kent gold medal winners in both the Olympics and Winter Olympics.

STANDARD 08:06 'Sun is shining'

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

This morning I'm at Tonbridge Castle where the baton will make its entrance with Dame Kelly Holmes.

There's a buzz of excitement and England flags are being handed out while a school band plays.

And there's not a cloud in sight - the sun is shining.

STANDARD 08:12 'Incredible stuff'

Commonwealth Games England tweets: How good were @PeterWaterfield and crew yesterday evening? Incredible stuff. #BatonRelay


STANDARD 08:17 Behind the scenes

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

Here's BBC Breakfast getting ready to broadcast the baton when it entered Tonbridge Castle earlier.


STANDARD 08:22 Needing sunglasses

Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold tweets: Morning Tonbridge! Great to see so many schools out to see the Queen's @Batonrelay2014 #stillinneedofsunglasses


STANDARD 08:25 Dame Kelly with the baton

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

Dame Kelly Holmes enters Tonbridge Castle with the Queen's Baton.

Dame Kelly Holmes with the baton

TWEET 08:32 Meeting Lizzy Yarnold Via Twitter

Millie Knight tweets: I have just met @TheYarnold #she's lovely

TWEET 08:38 Passing of the baton

Baton Relay 2014 tweets: The passing of the baton: @damekellyholmes begins the #BatonRelay at Tonbridge Castle! Amazing support! @weRengland

Passing of the baton

STANDARD 08:39 Home town hero

Hamish Reid, BBC News

Dame Kelly Holmes is in her home town of Tonbridge where she helped get the Queen's Baton Relay under way in Kent. She says she's very proud to be taking part.