Sunday, October 16, 2011

TRAFALGAR COMMEMORATION - Birmingham - 16th Oct 2011

The sun blessed us again for the 2011 Birmingham Nelson Commemoration service and parade. This year, Anna Tribe OBE JP, the 3rd great granddaughter of Nelson was present to lay a wreath on behalf of the Nelson Society. The pictures tell the story. 

The statue of Nelson in the Bull Ring, the first statue to Nelson erected in the world.

A close-up of the statue.

Anna Tribe OBE arrives at the ceremony.

The Triumph Pipe Band from Coventry.

The Lord Mayor greets Anna Tribe.

HMS Forward.

One of the veterans exchanges words with Anna Tribe.

The Little Drummer Boy.

The Lord Mayor Cllr Anita Ward is escorted by event organiser Stephen Hartland
in a review of the particpants.

Stephen Hartland introduces the proceedings.

The singing of the National Anthem is led by Hedd Owen Griffiths.

The Lord Mayor makes a speech regarding Nelson' strong connection with Birmingham.

Commander David Stidston RNR talks of the Royal Navy's role in modern conflict.

The Reverend Ray Price leads the prayers.

The Lord Mayor Anita Ward lays a wreath on behalf of the people of Birmingham.

A salute to Nelson from the Commander David Stidston after laying a wreath.

The Sea Cadets represented by Luke Fields of SCTC Caledonia and Kirsty Simpson of TS Vanguard.

A representative of the Birmingham Nautical Club.

Anna Tribe OBE honours her great-great-great-grandfather by laying a wreath on behalf of The Nelson Society, accompanied by Dr Nick Slope.

David Clarke of The Birmingham Civic Society.

Stewart Bissell of The Birmingham St George's Day Association.

Representatives of the Guide and Scouting Associations with their wreath.

The wreaths at the base of the statue.

The statue with wreaths.

Awaiting the arrival of the parade to take the salute.

The Triumph Pipe Band lead the parade into Victoria Square.

The Sea Cadets march past the Civic Party. 

The Lord Mayor with the model of HMS Victory and one of the cannon barrels which accompanied the statue between 1809 and 1960, in front of the Council House.