Batonbearers who will run the last leg of the Queen's Baton Relay in Kent have finally been announced ahead of its arrival next week.
When it is paraded through Gravesend next Friday, the first athlete with Romany heritage to compete at the Paralympic Games, an Olympic heavyweight boxer and the chairman of the North Kent Caribbean Network will be some of those carrying the baton.
Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 event, the relay has been a tradition of the Commonwealth Games.
Cllr John Burden, leader of Gravesham Borough Council, said: "Since the announcement that the Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Gravesend, we have been working hard with the organisers and our partners including the Port of London Authority, the Gurdwara, Cohesion Plus, Team Kaizen, LV21, and Town Pier Pontoon to ensure this is a great morning for the whole community.
"There will be entertainment reflecting Gravesham’s rich Commonwealth links along the route, and I hope as many people as possible turn out to support our local batonbearers and those from the eastern region as they play their part in this truly international spectacle."
The baton will be welcomed in Gravesend on Friday, July 8 between 8am and 9am.
It will start with a moment of community reflection at the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, before being carried through the streets to Town Pier, where it will be taken on board a boat and ferried across to Tilbury, from where it will start its tour of Eastern England.
There will also be live entertainment along the route including a street dance group, a brass band, a steel band and Dhol and Djembe drumming.
The batonbearers for the Gravesend leg of the relay are:
Cllr Burden added: "Next Friday will be a special, not-to-be-missed day for the town and the borough and I am proud we have been chosen to host the Queen’s Baton Relay.
"As the baton passes through the town, there will be a short series of rolling road closures to ensure the safety of all those taking part. We will keep those closures as short as possible but I would urge people who travel through town at that time of the morning to allow a little extra time for their journey on the day."
Tonbridge, Dover, Deal, Folkestone, Canterbury and Gravesend have all been included in the route the baton is taking across the UK before it arrives in Birmingham for the Games' official opening ceremony.
The baton will tour most of Kent on Thursday, before setting off again on Friday from Gravesend before heading over to Essex.