This week is remembrance week and Wednesday was armistice day. The High Sheriff was honoured to attend the Sandwell, Birmingham an Dudley remembrance events and meet many wonderful people remembering those that fell for us.
None of us in attendance expected the horrendous news of this weekend in Paris where many innocent people have lost their lives.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have suffered.
Below are 3 very short film snippets of each event. They do not reflect the breadth of everyone’s contributions, but a little reminder of official services in each part of our county as well as the uplifting musical festival celebrations.
Birmingham Centenary Square
And below are pictures from the services across the county.
Dudley Town Hall Service was introduced byRev Andrew Wickens with hymns, readings and prayers.
It was followed with song from The Gentlemen’s Songsters, Brass Band and Bridgnorth ukelalie band.
The charity collection
Birmingham Centenary Square hosted many battalions of the services and forces. They marched on to Centenary Square to music played by The Salvation Army and Fire Service bands. The assembled services and the public were addressed by the Lord Mayor Ray Hassall and blessed by the Dean of Birmingham Catherine Ogle.
ACF Cadet Hussain was in attendance supporting the Vice Lieutenant
The 11 am salute was fired by 37 Signal Regiment personnel.
ACF Hussain joined his fellow cadets following his duties in the square, before returning to base in East Birmingham
During the event the High Sheriff met with Assistant Chief Superintendent Michellle Larmour who has joined the West Midlands Police after 26 years service in Belfast.
We welcome her.
The Lord Mayor’s Procession are put in order with Mayor Cllr Barbara Rice at the front and the 481 Air Training Corps formed the Guard of Honour.
Getting line was an opportunity to see the celebration on Black Country people reflected in Martin Parr’s Photographs organised by West Brom based Multistory.
The Girl Guides, boys brigade and Blackheath primary school all sang to the large audience filling the Town Hall.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Stewart Towe chats with young Kevin.
The historical books of remembrance were displayed and available on the stage.