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Sunday, November 13, 2005
  Birmingham Remembrance Parade 2005 Photos
I always attend the Remembrance Parade in the centre of town. It has been held in Centenery Square for some years now. I took a few photos this year. It is sad really that noone does a digital portfolio as it is an important part of Birmingham life.

There are remembrance parades in other parts of the city, but the city centre one is the key one. Liz Lynne presents a wreath on behalf of the MEPs and Steve McCabe does one on behalf of the MPs. The Lord Mayor represents the Councillors.

The service is normally presented by the Bishop, but his deputy stood in as he has gone off to York.
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The clerics and Lord Mayor.
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These are the representatives of various mainly military groups with the regimental banners if appropriate.
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These are serving members of various groups such as the fusilliers, TA and other uniformed groups including cadets.
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This is part of the General Public and part of the Legion.
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Observant visitors will note that it is not only Councillors, MPs, Lord Mayors and (Deputy) Bishops who wear the larger poppy, but also veterans.

It is rather sad that no-one does a proper collection of photos. This event is a key event for many people. Normally one or two people collapse during the event having made such a physical sacrifice to attend. On this occasion I only saw one person requiring medical attention, but noone should underestimate the importance of the remembrance day parade.

The square was a bit cramped. Not sure what the sheds were for, but c'est la vie.

One unusual thing about the West Midlands is that the Fire Service have a pipe band with bagpipes. The rumours are that there was a bit of spare budget one year and someone decided to have a pipe band. It is actually quite nice as they play well and it makes a change from the other bands (such as the Salvation Army and other military bands). That is not to be critical of the other bands, however.
 
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