Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gallipoli Centenary Commemoration - 25th April 2015

In Centenary Square, Birmingham, and focused around the Hall of Memory, the 100th anniversary of start of the Gallipoli campaign was remembered by a short parade and service. There were also many tents and stalls manned by people in period costume and illustrating much of the way of life during these war years for both military and civvies. On stage, the strains of Vera Lynn favourites echoed over the square whilst in the Library of Birmingham talks were given on the campaign.

 Veterans lead a parade which includes representatives of a Sikh regiment and dignitaries, from the Library of Birmingham to the Hall of Memory. 

The dignitaries assemble outside the Hall of Memory.

Veterans with standards face the Hall of Memory.

The Dean of Birmingham leads a short service.

The Mayor of Birmingham Coun. Shafique Shah recalls the heroism of the campaign.

The Last Post.

 The Mayor lays a wreath and stands in respectful contemplation.

Dignitaries chat to the veterans afterwards.

The wreaths laid below Albert Toft's Air Force representative statue.

Local bobby PC72.

 A sweep poses for me before wishing me luck with his sooty hands.

On the same day, St George celebrations were taking place in Birmingham. I've covered the event several times and so I didn't stay for this one although it should be said that the tenuous Turkish connection between St George and Gallipoli was not lost on me.