I AM contacting The Bugle on behalf of Blackheath Royal British Legion and Sandwell Council who are organising a First World War Commemoration on August 4 in Oldbury town centre.
Our day is being built around a 12-hour vigil at the cenotaph in Oldbury town centre leading up to the 11am the key time when the ultimatum to Germany ran out.
We have 12 military-linked local groups taking a one-hour slot each with standards at the far corners of the cenotaph. On the hour each group will fall out and a new group will march across the civic square under the direction of a parade commander.
At the moment, we have the following groups participating in the vigil.
11am-12noon Army Cadet Force (Oldbury); 12 noon-1pm Scouts Association; 1pm-2pm Royal Air Force Association; 2pm-3pm Royal Naval Association; 3pm-4pm Blackheath Royal British Legion; 4pm-5pm Air Training Corps; 5pm-6pm Army Reservist Attachment; 6pm-7pm Army Reservist Attachment; 7pm-8pm Sikhs 1914 Association; 8pm-9pm Royal British Legion; 9pm-10pm Riders' Branch Royal British Legion; 10pm-11pm Oldbury Royal British Legion.
There will be a parade at 2pm with speeches throughout the afternoon and there will be a local historian and school participation.
Still in the planning stage is that a large cross will be set out in the civic square and members of the public will be encouraged, with the help of local faith groups, to bring their Legion candles then place within the cross after 9pm.
Mark Spilsbury, Branch Secretary,
Blackheath Royal British Legion.