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Spitfire flypast over Himley Hall to note Armed Forces Day

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

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A ROYAL Air Force British combat aircraft will take to the skies during this year's Armed Forces Day event at Himley Hall and Park.

Armed Forces Day 2014, in association with Forces Recruitment Services (FRS), will be held at the prestigious Himley Hall and Park on Sunday, June 29 to celebrate the work of servicemen and women.

Dudley Council has announced there will be a RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire flypast by an aircraft which played a major part in achieving victory in World War Two. It will fly over the hall at approximately 2pm, weather permitting. The event runs from 11am and will include children's entertainment, a zip wire, go karts, climbing wall and trampolines.

There will also be a display of historic vehicles for people get up close to and explore. The popular youth marching band will be return at 11.30am in the event's main arena in front of the hall and people will be able to meet members of B Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry (Dudley Reserve Unit). The day's formal celebrations will begin at 2.30pm and will include performances by the Staffordshire Military Wives Choir and the D Day Darlings, a HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge presentation to veterans living in the borough and a concert by the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service. The spectacular Beating of the Retreat will close the event.

The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Margaret Aston, said: "It's a real honour to announce the flypast from an aircraft that played a significant role in the War. It is set to be a day that should not to be missed."

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