***Media Opportunity*** Birmingham gears up for Armed Forces Day

By on 22/06/2010 in News

Date: Saturday 26 June 2010

Time: The event will be open to the public from 11- 5pm, with media photo and interview opportunities with official figures between  3.15- 4pm. 

Location: Victoria Square ,  Chamberlain Square  and St Martins in the Bullring Church , 1B 1BB.

Details: Live stage performances will kick off in Victoria Square with shows by The Forces' Sweethearts and Russ Pinder. Living history displays will be displayed  in Chamberlain Square, alongside recruitment and information stalls.

Talks will be given  to the public throughout the day in Birmingham Council Chambers from individuals who have incredible stories to tell.  These will include including Major Philip Malins who served at Dunkirk, Captain Tom Quinn about his recent experiences in Afghanistan and Barbara Johnson from the Birmingham Air Raids Association.
Between 12.30 and 1.00 local armed forces personnel will march up Edgbaston street before being inspected by the Lord Mayor Len Gregory and Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE, Commander in Chief Fleet and the second most Senior Officer in the Royal Navy. 

After the inspection the troops will go into St Martins for a short service.

Between 3.15 and 4.00 Lord Mayor Len Gregory, Admiral Soar, and men and women from Birmingham who are serving in the Armed Forces will be available for photo opportunities and to conduct interviews in front of the Council House. They will be delighted to give press, radio and televison interviews.

At 4.30pm  a  Parade  of local armed forces personnel  will begin at Chamberlain Square, proceeding through Victoria Square and passing the Council House where Lord Mayor Len Gregory and Admiral Sir Trevor Soar will take the salute .  

Admission is free and hundreds of people are expected to turn up to show their support.

This year, Birmingham City Council is once again encouraging its citizens to show their support on a day that will be full of ceremony, commemoration, excitement but most importantly, an opportunity to honour the forces past, present and future.

The day is an annual opportunity for the nation to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to Service families, and from veterans to cadets.

Across the country people are getting involved; communities are holding local events and businesses are showing their support.


Notes to editors
About the Armed Forces

The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers and providing security and fighting terrorism.

The current main UK military effort is in Afghanistan. The Armed Forces are operating there, with lots of other countries, to provide a more stable and secure Afghanistan to help ensure a safer Britain and world.

Click here to find out more about operations the UK Armed Forces are involved in around the world, or visit the official sites of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

For more information about national Armed Forces Day visit http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/
For more information about Birmingham's event visit http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/Details.aspx?Id=2570297

For further information, and to pre-book interviews with officials for Saturday,  contact Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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  1. gealdine taylor says:

    This is a great opportunity to support the members of our armed services. Hopefully it will boost the morale of all those serving