Queen's Baton Relay: Suffolk

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
  • In Suffolk the baton relay is visiting Claremont Pier in Lowestoft, Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich
  • While in Suffolk the baton will travel about 120 miles and will be seen by an estimated 10,000 people, says the county council
  • Local baton-bearers include Olympic bronze medal boxer Anthony Ogogo and Commonwealth and Paralympic power lifter Zoe Newson

Live text


  • Richard Haugh 
  • Ben Truslove 

Last updated 9 June 2014

STANDARD 08:00 Queen's Baton comes to Suffolk

Richard Haugh, BBC News

Good morning everyone. The sun is shining, the beach looks like it could be in Baywatch, and Olympic medal-winning boxer Anthony Ogogo is entertaining the crowds.

We're talking Lowestoft, where the Queen's Baton Relay starts today on day 10 of its two-week tour of England.

We'll be following its progress as it works its way around Suffolk - so stay with us, and please send us your photos, comments etc to radiosuffolk@bbc.co.uk or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcbatonrelay.

STANDARD 08:10 Ogogo ready

Anthony Ogogo is going to be carrying the baton through his hometown of Lowestoft.

The boxer won silver at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 and bronze at the 2012 Olympics but has since turned professional, so will not be competing in Glasgow next month.

Anthony Ogogo and Etholle George

He told BBC Radio Suffolk's Etholle George that he was "honoured and excited" to be carrying the baton.

STANDARD 08:20 Crowd frenzy

Ben Truslove, BBC News

The scene as the crowd awaits the arrival of the baton in Lowestoft carried by Anthony Ogogo.

Kipper the mascot in Lowestoft

A mascot called Kipper is working the crowd into a frenzy.

STANDARD 08:25 Baton arrives

Richard Haugh, BBC News

With a big smile on his face, Anthony Ogogo carries the Queen's Baton through the streets of Lowestoft.

Anthony Ogogo with the baton in Lowestoft

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Etholle George said: "I know I'm an emotional old thing but I did get a bit of a tear in my eye when I saw Anthony run in, proud as punch, carrying that baton."

STANDARD 08:35 Baton fun run

Ben Truslove, BBC News

The fun run down Lowestoft beach has just been started by the mayor, not sure the runners know that though.

Fun run on Lowestoft beach

The baton's visit to Lowestoft marks the start of a day of sporting activity on the beach.

STANDARD 08:45 Ogogo wedding

Ben Truslove, BBC News

The biggest cheer of the morning so far was probably for @AnthonyOgogo when it was revealed he has just got engaged. Congratulations.

STANDARD 09:00 Baton schedule

Richard Haugh, BBC News

After the fun runs in Lowestoft, here's the schedule for the baton's time in Suffolk today:

10:00 - 13:00 Newmarket

A schools fun run at the Rowley Mile Racecourse and baton-bearers Ron Wallwork MBE (Commonwealth Games race walking gold medallist) and jockey Ryan Moore.

13:30 - 15:30 Bury St Edmunds

Super 8's athletics competition at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, involving over 400 school children.

The baton will be carried by England under-19 cricketer Elizabeth Reynolds.

STANDARD 09:01 Baton schedule

Richard Haugh, BBC News

16:00 - 18:00 Ipswich

The baton will then arrive at Northgate Sports Centre for a QuadKids athletics competition involving 700 children.

British handballer Louise Jukes will carry the baton, before Ken Webb will take it to Christchurch Park for a big public event with live music and a 'sports village'.

Paralympic powerlifter Zoe Newson will welcome the baton onto the stage and start a fun run.

TWEET 09:05 'Great start'

Commonwealth Game Eng tweets: Great start to the day in Lowestoft today. Fun run done and now it's time for the sports park. #TeamEngland

Team England banner

STANDARD 09:15 Ogogo 'invigorated'

Anthony Ogogo told Etholle George on BBC Radio Suffolk he felt "really invigorated" after carrying the baton through Lowestoft.

"It's been a lovely morning, such a wonderful turnout," he said. "I feel really happy and really proud."

Antony Ogogo on Lowestoft beach with BBC Radio Suffolk

He also elaborated on his proposal to his long-term girlfriend, Katie.

"She was my childhood sweetheart," he said. "Luckily she said yes, she'll have me. We look forward to getting married in a couple of years' time."