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Mayor praises Remembrance concert

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The Mayor of Dudley has praised work to create a recorded Dudley Remembers concert as the borough prepares to remember the sacrifices made by service men and women.

Black Country Radio will run the pre-recorded show on Friday 6th November at 7pm with The Gentleman Songsters Male Voice Choir taking centre stage.

The much-loved concert usually takes place in a Dudley borough venue every year to raise money for the Royal British Legion, but this has not been possible this year due to Covid-19.

The recorded show will feature readings from Dudley College students and historian Rose Cook-Monk as well as interviews with ex-service personnel. Rev James Treasure of Top Church will also deliver a short service of remembrance.

The Mayor of Dudley Councillor David Stanley will introduce the concert. He said:

“It is vital that even during these uncertain times we pause to reflect upon the sacrifices our brave service men and women have made and continue to make for us all.
Sadly, due to the Coronovirus, the annual concert cannot happen live this year but we are grateful to Black Country Radio for hosting and coordinating this terrific pre-recorded concert.
I would also like to especially thank The Gentleman Songsters and all who have made the concert possible in this special 75th anniversary year of VE and VJ Day.

The Gentleman Songsters has a JustGiving page in their name to boost funds for the Royal British Legion.

Last year a dedicated team of volunteers came forward to organise the event following a public appeal by former borough Mayors Dave Tyler and Steve Waltho and Master of Ceremonies Ian Rawlings.

Ian Rawlings, chair of the Volunteer Steering Group for the concert, said:


We are indebted to Black Country Radio for enabling this much loved and respected annual event to take place in such difficult circumstances.
This year is significant in that it is the 75th Anniversary of VE and VJ days as well as the 100th anniversary of that momentous ceremony of the Unknown Soldier, which led a year later to the poppy movement that has become the symbol of Remembrance.
I would like to also place on record my thanks to our dedicated Steering Group and all event participants as well as the Black Country T-Shirt shop, which has sold 1,000 Black Country poppy badges with all proceeds going to the British Legion.

The scheduled hour-long concert will on Black Country Radio 102.5FM on Friday 6 November commencing 7pm.

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