Armed Forces Week 2020

The annual celebration event which is held in the grounds of Himley Hall has sadly been cancelled for the first time in its 12 year history due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Monday 22 June Armed Forces Week was marked with the annual raising of the Armed Forces Day flag atop of the Council House in Dudley.

On Wednesday 24 June, Reserves Day, reservists are invited to wear their uniforms to work. It is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the important role reservists play in supporting the UK’s defence capability. Reserves Day provides an opportunity for the whole of the UK to celebrate the Reserve Forces and for reservists to show pride in their service and can be supported with the #SaluteOurForces hashtag on social media.

Dudley Council is also asking residents to share their favourite Armed Forces Day memories from the last 11 years at the council’s Facebook page ‘Dudley borough’ or @Dudleymbc on twitter.


Messages from the Mayor of Dudley, councillor David Stanley, and the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Mr John Crabtree OBE, can be found at  www.mayorofdudley.org.uk

Reserves Day

To mark Reserves Day on Wednesday 24 June, new recruit to B Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry , Trooper Liam Palmer explains the role of the Army Reserve.  

Cadets Day

To mark Cadets Day on Friday 26 June, Corporal Manotey, from 347 (Dudley) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets has been interviewed about life as a cadet.

History talks

Public speaker and Bletchley Park guide, Mr John Chapman has been a regular guest at Dudley's Armed Forces Day event giving talks on WWII subjects. He has kindly filmed four short but fascinating talks focusing on code breaking, the women of the Government Code and Cypher School, Winston Churchill and Bletchley Park. 

Bletchley Park

Women at War at Bletchley Park

Codes & Cyphers

Winston Churchill