Armed Forces Day was celebrated throughout the Country on the weekend of 27th / 28th and many events took place across the County of the West Midlands. Many members of the public, armed forces young and old, recognised the contributions past and present made by so many people.
On Saturday The High Sheriff was honoured to attend the Celebrations Hosted by the Mayor of Wolverhampton on a blisteringly hot day.
Himley Hall Guests
On Sunday The High Sheriff travelled to Dudley and Himley Hall to one of the biggest days of Dudley’s year. The day began with rain, but as the celebration approached the sun broke through for the large audience gathered in the grounds. Jonnie was very proud to stand alongside the Mayor of Dudley and Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands and make awards to many deserving servicemen and women.
Lord Mayor Cllr Steve Waltho
Lord Lieutenant introduces Assistant to James Morris MP
High Sheriff arts and creative Reports
Following the celebrations in Wolverhampton the High Sheriff visited the Art Gallery nearby. He had not visited for many years since his time as a fine art research Fellow at the The Polytechnic. There was a good pop art collection then and it has been added to. A new extension has also been added that has enabled a wide range of touring exhibitions to be shown. inc the Junction Arts Festival and Martin Parr’s great pictures of the Black Country.
The traditional collection is impressive and features ‘Art in Wolverhampton’ and a georgian wardrobe and wigs that can be tried on.
The gallery resounded to children in wigs and tail’s laughter.
The wood clad staircase features many good works. One is deceptive – At First sight it looks like a conventional painting of Christ, however on closer inspection it reveals Christ in a most unexpected location – a Black Country rubbish Dump, commissioned by Cannon David Abel Wood who ran the Black Country Industrial Mission which helped homeless people and used to train priests to work in the community. It was purchased with help from the art fund.
Himley hall was the location for the Dudley armed service day and inside guests were treated to the Stourbridge Photography Society‘s extensive exhibition capturing the local landscapes as well as some spectacular images from across the land.
The High Sheriff was honoured to attend these important annual ceremonial events in the County, and once again witness cultural and creative activities so valuable to the region’s towns and cities.