Photocall: Puppy love for new Lord Mayor

By on 26/05/2011 in News

Date: Thursday 26 May 2011
Time: 11.15 am
Where: Outside the Front of the Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

Birmingham's new Lord Mayor, Cllr Anita Ward, will be available for photographs with puppies from the West Midlands Police Dog Training Unit.

The puppies are part of this year's line up at the Lord Mayor's Show, which will be taking place this Bank Holiday Monday 30 May. 

This free event runs from 11am until 5pm and Birmingham residents are being invited to come along and join in the fun.

Cllr Ward, who became Birmingham's Lord Mayor on Tuesday, said: “I am pleased we will be joined this year by the West Midlands Police Dog Training Unit. Visitors on the day will be able to meet the puppies and learn more from the team about how they are trained to combat criminal activity.” 

Other attractions and activities includes six hours of live entertainment, paintball, craft stalls, origami and lacemaking workshops, a wedding fayre, car displays, Army and Fire Service displays and recruitment stands and much more.

Entertainment for children includes face painting, workshops, inflatable attractions, theatre performances and even an appearance from Titan the Robot. 

The Lord Mayor added: “It’s going to be a really fun event for all the family.  On the day, I very much look forward to meeting as many people as possible.”

The Lord Mayor’s Show will take place in the Council House, Victoria Square, Centenary Square and Chamberlain Square.

Around 20,000 people are expected to attend this annual civic occasion which helps to raise money for the Lord Mayor's charities.

Note to Editors:

  • West Midlands Police has 64 general purpose dogs and 30 specialist dogs.
  • General purpose police dogs are either German Shepherds or Rottweilers.
  • Specialist search dogs are trained to locate drugs, firearms, cash and explosives.
  • Springer Spaniels or Labradors are used as specialist search dogs.
  • The force recruited its first two police dogs in May 1951.  They were called Kim and Flash.
  • WMP started its breeding programme in 1994.

ENDS

Media contact: Lorraine Donovan on 0121 303 4718

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