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Queen’s Baton Relay comes to City Hall

The Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay came to Southwark on Friday morning.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson was joined by Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion Christine Ohuruogu MBE and local schoolchildren when he welcomed the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay to City Hall as part of the England leg of a journey that will see it travel 190,000 kilometres over 288 days.

Two Batonbearers from Southwark, Faramolu Johnson and Michael Pusey, carried the Baton to City Hall this morning, accompanied by Christine Ohuruogu and pupils from Alfred Salter Primary School in Rotherhithe, where they were greeted by the Mayor and other schoolchildren.

Faramolu Johnson coaches young children with Macrpro basketball in the Damilola Taylor Centre, Peckham, where he is a volunteer youth worker.

Michael Pusey, a DJ and entrepreneur known as CK Flash set up the Peckham BMX Club which began in 2004, and now benefits local children.

"I am thrilled to be welcoming the Queen's Baton to London," said Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

"As well as being one of the greatest sporting tournaments in the world, the Commonwealth Games are a celebration of the historic ties between nations.

"As Glasgow prepares to host what I am sure will be a hugely successful Games in six weeks' time, I urge Londoners and visitors alike to take part in our festivities and head to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this Sunday for our own sizzling Festival of Sport."

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