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Suffolk gears up to host Queen's Commonwealth baton relay

The Queen's baton will be seen by thousands of people as it heads through Suffolk Photo: Chris Radburn, Glasgow 2014, PA

Final preparations are underway in Suffolk as the county gets ready to welcome the Queen's baton relay tomorrow, ahead of next month's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

It will be the one and only day that the baton visits the East of England as it heads towards Scotland. The relay has already visited nations across the Commonwealth, as far away as Australia, Bermuda and South Africa.

The baton will travel more than 120 miles and be seen by an estimated 10,000 people as it snakes its way through Suffolk.

Lowestoft's Olympic medal-winning boxer, Anthony Ogogo, will lead the relay along the seafront in Lowestoft Credit: ITV News Anglia

The baton relay begins at 0800 in Lowestoft. It will coincide with a mini festival of sport with a range of sports and activities available for people to try and a breakfast run along the seafront. Lowestoft's Olympic boxer, Anthony Ogogo, will arrive on Claremont Pier with the baton just before 0745.

The baton then heads to Newmarket Racecourse for 1100. Here, there will be a mass participation relay, with hundreds of local school children taking part on the famous Rowley Mile.

The baton will then appear at two special invitation-only events in Bury St. Edmunds and the Northgate Sports Centre in Ipswich, including an athletics competition for more than 400 disabled children.

The relay's final destination is Christchurch Park, Ipswich, at 1815.

The baton has travelled right across the Commonwealth. It's seen here in the hands of a crew member from the RNLI's Guernsey lifeboat Credit: Ben Birchall, Glasgow 2014, PA

Lowestoft's official baton-bearer Anthony Ogogo, will be joined throughout the day by fellow Olympian and Dancing on Ice star Beth Tweddle and paralympic swimmer Rachael Latham.

The 20th Commonwealth Games will take place in Glasgow between 23rd July and August 3rd.

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