Armed Forces Day in association with Black Country Housing Group returns for another year at the prestigious Grade II listed Himley Hall & Park.
The FREE event runs from 11am to 5pm and offers fun for all the family, including an archery range, a vintage military vehicle display, vintage fairground rides, Punch and Judy shows and story-telling and dance lesson taster sessions.
You will be able to step back in time with a last night of the proms style show by The RAF Cosford Voluntary Band and sing-a-long to wartime classics with The Bluebird Belles, a vintage vocal harmony trio.
In the park vintage homewares and clothing will be on offer at the Halfpenny Antique and Vintage Centre’s pop-up shop and Lil’s ...Parlour will be serving ‘tea for the troops’ from her mobile 1940s inspired tearoom.
The Land Girls Victory Show will be entertaining the crowds and the troops with tales and music from 1940s while other activities in the park will include vintage fairground rides and free Punch & Judy shows and storytelling sessions. For older ones there will also be a paintball gallery, archery and rifle range and tightrope walking to have a go at.
Highlights of the day will include an opportunity to meet regular and reserve military units and watch as past and present armed forces personnel are presented with their veterans’ badges and service medals. In the afternoon, marching bands, standard-bearers and members of the Armed Forces will join together for the spectacular Beating Retreat, a military tradition dating back centuries, this year being led by RAF Cosford.
Plus in the hall there will be World War II themed history talks covering the history of Alan Turing and women at war and the stories of the four local heroes who were awarded the Victoria Cross in World War One. There will also be an interactive exhibition of the regions military history by B Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry.
This event is supported by the Ministry of Defence and Blind Monkey.
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