The High Sheriff attended the Anzac day in City Centre Birmingham. This was one of the County’s Commemorations to mark ANZAC Day and the Centenary of the Landing at Gallipoli. The day began with Commemorations in Australasia, followed by Prince Charles and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot tributes at dawn in Gallipoli, marking the centennial of the dawn landings by Australian, New Zealand and other Allied troops on the Turkish peninsula.
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham welcomed the High Sheriff to his parlour and showed him the desk he uses everyday which was installed by Joseph Chamberlain when he was Lord Mayor in 1873. In the window overlooking Victoria Square with spring daffodils sits a presentation timepiece from Australia.
In preparation for the 11am ceremony the Lord Mayor, Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff were led from the council house by a Royal British Legion Standard Bearer to meet an assembled gathering of service personnel from past and present.
The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham Cathedral and the High Sheriff Chaplin delivered a prayer for the those that fell 100 years ago.
A sole bugler played the last post which was followed by a perfectly observed and poignant silence, that was felt across Centenary Square.
The first Wreath was laid at the Hall of Memory by the Lord Lieutenant.
A wide range of organisations and services laid wreathes, while
a young scout held his wreath in anticipation of stepping forward with his respected elderly escort.
ANZAC Wreathes at the Hall of Memory Birmingham City Centre, April 25th 2015
For Jas Sansi’s pictures from the day go to his Commeration Collection