A Bury singer, songwriter and presenter has carried the Queen’s Baton for the Commonwealth Games.

BBC presenter Jsky represented the UK at Media city and became the first to do the duty in heels.

He was selected for his contribution to the arts, charity and for inspiring through fashion and the media.

Jsky ran just over 200m from the Lowry Theatre to the BBC at Quay House in a pair of white high heels, declaring to his followers he wanted to "show the power of femininity" and promote "pride visibility".

He said: “I'm a proud Mancunian and a proud gay man. I wanted to show strength in being yourself.

"This is a huge year for the Commonwealth and for the Queen and want to thank them both for affording such an opportunity to myself and the other inspiring individuals participating.

"This is a moment I will look back on fondly for many years, and it is so special to share it with my mum cheering me on."

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The Queen’s Baton Relay will be carried across the country by inspirational Batonbearers, in all nine regions, each with incredible stories to reflect the diversity in communities across the country.

Jsky has been accredited by the LGBT Foundation as a Pioneer of Colour, he was a judge for the Pride of Britain, and also features on the latest episode of their podcast series "Life-Changing Stories" with Carol Vorderman.

Lisa Hampton, head of the Queen’s Baton Relay, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay aims to excite and celebrate communities not only around the Commonwealth, but here in the host country of England.

“This journey would be nothing without the community of Batonbearers that bring the Relay to life, we’ve seen it internationally, and we can’t wait to see it in England.

 “Our journey through England is an important one.

"Not only is it the finale to an epic international journey spanning eight months, but it’s an opportunity to engage with and celebrate individuals who work hard to ensure their community is a special place.

“We want to showcase these awe-inspiring stories, celebrating the diversity of England’s communities and the people working hard to make a difference.”