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Armed Forces tributes in Dudley and Oldbury

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

Weapons and uniforms will be on display at Himley

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THE Great War will be remembered at this year's Armed Forces Day in Dudley and Sandwell this weekend.

Dudley's tribute will centre on Himley Hall and Park on Sunday June 29, with a number of special themed activities .

There will be an exhibition of WWI memorabilia in the main hall's brown room, featuring genuine uniforms and weapons that were worn and used in the war.

Dudley Army Cadet Force have created a replica trench in the park, and there will be a re-enactment of soldiers going off to war before the day draws to a close with the Beating of the Retreat. Other highlights include an RAF Memorial Flight Spitfire flypast at 2pm, weather permitting.

There will also be a display of historic vehicles for people get up close to and explore.

The event will run from 11am and will feature children's entertainment including a zip wire, go karts, climbing wall and trampolines.

The formal celebrations will begin at 2.30pm and include performances by the Staffordshire Military Wives Choir and the D Day Darlings, and an Armed Forces Veterans Badge presentation to veterans.

Meanwhile, Sandwell will mark the event on Saturday June 28 with a parade through Oldbury.

Troops will gather at 11am at Low Town car park before setting off at 11.30am.

The parade will travel up to the Civic Square where the Deputy Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Shirley Hosell, will take the salute.

Military charities will have displays and stalls in the Civic Square and some of the vehicles used by 237 Logistics Corps will be on display in Freeth Street. The Bugle will also have a stall at the event, so be sure to come and say hello.

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