Birmingham marked three years until the 2022 Commonwealth Games with the Commonwealth Social, taking place 27 July.

The event was a free festival of sport, culture and food, with residents joining Team England athletes, local business and community leaders, and Games representatives.

There was a series of live performances, from regional dance and musical groups to Commonwealth cuisine from local street food traders.

Budding young sports stars were given the opportunity to take part in demonstrations, receiving advice and encouragement from 15 Team England athletes, including five Commonwealth Gold medallists: boxer Galal Yafai, netballer Ama Abgeze, para athlete Katrina Hart and gymnasts Dominick Cunningham and Alice Kinsella.

The Commonwealth Games are coming to Birmingham in 2022, when 6,500 athletes from 71 nations will descend on the city.

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Ian Reid, Birmingham 2022 chief executive officer, said: “On this day, in three years’ time, millions of people from across the globe will join us in celebrating the opening of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which is why it will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to truly put this city and vibrant region on the map.

“The idea behind today’s Commonwealth Social event is that we wanted to celebrate this major milestone and to give people an indication of what to expect in three years’ time, when the eyes of the world will be focused on Birmingham and the West Midlands region.

“Just like the Games, sport is at the heart of today’s event, but Birmingham 2022 will also be a showcase for everything that’s great about this region; the culture, the food and, most importantly, the people that live here. We’re creating the Games for everyone and we’re already collaborating with local people to help make that vision a reality.”