Yesterday (28 April) the Armed Forces and Cadets in the West Midlands came together to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and military support for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The evening event at the University of Birmingham had a musical and sports theme.
A Beating Retreat was performed by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, The British Army Band Tidworth and The Band of the RAF Regiment.
Teams of Air, Sea and Army Cadets competed against each other in a Field Gun Run while receiving musical support from the Cadet Force Band.
Senior representatives from local authorities and organisations across the West Midlands attended and were greeted by a Help for Heroes choir.
This Platinum Jubilee Tattoo was a wonderful opportunity for the Armed Forces in the West Midlands to come together to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. Lt Col Toby Gaddum, SO1 Engagement, HQ West Midlands
Stands displayed by Armed Forces units across the region showed guests the journey that the UK Armed Forces have undertaken over the 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign.
The stands also gave a glimpse into what lies ahead for all three services, including the Army’s Future Soldier plan.
Lt Col Toby Gaddum, SO1 Engagement, Headquarters West Midlands, said,
“This Platinum Jubilee Tattoo was a wonderful opportunity for the Armed Forces in the West Midlands to come together to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
“The event is very much part of the Armed Forces’ build up to a fantastic summer of sport.
“The Armed Forces and Cadet Forces across the West Midlands are proud to be supporting the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.”
The Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 will be the biggest sporting event to take place in the UK since the Olympics in 2012. The Games organisers have requested military support across three areas: venue security, ceremonial activity, and engagement activity.
The Armed Forces currently have serving personnel born in most of the 72 nations and territories competing in the Commonwealth Games. Some of these military personnel are in the running to be selected by their home countries for the Commonwealth Games.