Broad Street DIY’s Tony Warren will be representing Bromsgrove at the annual Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, on November 10.
Mr Warren, who established Broad Street DIY in Bromsgrove in 1979, was notified in September that he had been nominated as a Representative Standard bearer to participate in the Muster of Legion Standards at the event in London. The Festival of Remembrance, held in honour of those who have given their lives in the service of their country, has been marked at the Royal Albert Hall annually since 1923.
Mr Warren joined the Army on April 8, 1958 and served in the Grenadier Guards for eight years. During this time he was stationed in Germany, Libya, British Cameroons in Africa, and with the United Nations in Cyprus. On home soil, he was based at camps in Surrey and Hampshire, as well as Chelsea and Wellington Barracks in London. His guard duties included the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the Bank of England. He was also on guard at the Queen’s Birthday Parade in June 1962.
There will be two performances at the Festival of Remembrance, which is presented by Huw Edwards and takes place in the presence of the Royal Family. Tickets for the event have sold out but it will be broadcast on television on BBC One.
Speaking about his nomination Mr Warren said: “I am extremely proud and overwhelmed. I think it is about 30 years since Bromsgrove was last invited to take part in this prestigious and hugely important commemorative event.”
Mr Warren has been a Standard Bearer at Bromsgrove’s Remembrance Sunday parade for over 25 years. He will return to Bromsgrove following the evening performance in London, to take part in this years’ Bromsgrove parade on Sunday, November 11.