On Wednesday 6th July 2022 local Ash Vale resident Alex Bliss will be taking part in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Birmingham 2022 commonwealth games. The relay will be held in the nearby town Aldershot on Queens Avenue. The public route will start at 12:42 near the Cathedral Church of St Michael & St George and will end at 12:48 by the entrance to the Aldershot Military Stadium. The Aldershot Military Stadium itself is ticket-only and is closed to the general public. Inside will be a sports event involving hundreds of local schoolchildren.
The Baton holders
The baton holders selected for the local section of the baton relay include local people Martin Tye from Farnborough and Alex Bliss from Ash Vale.
Alex is a dedicated volunteer who helps out with a number of roles at Ash Tennis Club, and has been actively involved in helping to proactively improve inter-generational links and tackle anti-social behaviour in her neighbourhood.
Martin was left with life-changing injuries and in a wheelchair after being injured in Afghanistan 2009 while serving in the British Army. He is a disabled strongman with a Guinness World Record for a seated deadlift of 505kg and is the co-founder of the Arnold Sports Festival UK disabled strongman competition. He has also volunteered as a disabled water ski instructor, aiding fellow injured servicemen and women through their rehabilitation. He inspires so many to strive to achieve their goals regardless of disability.
Getting to the Queen’s Baton Relay in Aldershot
Members of the public and invited to get involved in the celebrations by lining the route, along the polo fields side of Queens Avenue, encouraging those with the baton. There will be free parking at car park number six, the grasscrete car park opposite the Garrison Sports Centre, accessible via Princes Avenue. From the top of this car park you can then walk through to Queens Avenue. If this car park is full the nearest public car park is Napier Gardens in North Camp, although this will not be free.
The organisers advise that directions for public parking will be in place, but make sure you allow plenty of time before the road closes. All other car parks along Queens Avenue will not be open when the road is closed between Princes Way and Hammersley Road, from 12.40 pm to 13.05 pm on the day.
For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay please visit https://www.birmingham2022.com/queens-baton-relay/event/2656974/aldershot?fbclid=IwAR205gc6fPhf-r9nwXUoUfOoiCMAze8WZww2KtQoqQH4hTDx6PJaSoCs6Tgthe official website