Armed Forces Day in Birmingham

By on 06/06/2013 in News

This year's Armed Forces Day takes place in Victoria, Chamberlain and Centenary Squares from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 29 June. 

The annual event, which provides an opportunity for the public to say thank you and to recognise the outstanding contribution made by the Armed Forces, includes an afternoon of 1940s entertainment plus the traditional Drum Head Service and Beat the Retreat

The day starts at 11am in Victoria Square where local Veterans' Associations, such as the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and the War Widows Association will have stalls with displays and information about their organisations.  There will also be a 60 foot climbing wall for budding climbers to try their luck, an RAF Typhoon simulator and a children's workshop area for youngsters to make planes, boats and tanks.

An afternoon of 1940s entertainment starts at 12noon in Chamberlain Square.  Compered by radio presenter Elliott Webb, there will be 1940s songs from 'Forces Sweetheart' Maggie O'Hara, a George Formby routine from Paul Kaspa and 1940s swing from Mood Indigo.

From 12.45pm to 1.15pm there will be a Drum Head Service in Centenary Square.  The Army, Navy and RAF regiments will march alongside veterans' associations led by the College Band of the RAF for a service and prayers.

The afternoon will be brought to a close at 4.45pm by the College Band of the RAF with Beat the Retreat, a real spectacle not to be missed.

For further information call 0121 303 3008.


For more media information contact Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476 / 078801 80385

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