On Saturday 19 April, Albert Square will be the scene of a spectacular birthday bash to mark 100 years of the Territorial Army. The event will run from 8pm to 9pm and end with a fireworks display.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester along with the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Garrison headquarters, are inviting members of the public to join them to celebrate the centenary in style, with the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas 'Beating Retreat' in the square, with a backdrop of the Town Hall.
VIP military and civilian guests, local dignitaries, and serving members of the territorial units from around the county will join TA veterans to enjoy the performance, which includes the famous Kukri dance and Sunset Ceremony, and concludes with a spectacular floor and rooftop firework display.
Afterwards the guests of the Lord Mayor, the Lord Lieutenant and Garrison headquarters will retire to the stately surroundings of the Town Hall to enjoy a traditional military dinner.
Guests, including all Mayors representing the people of Greater Manchester, representatives of the Territorial Army units, and associations who take part in the act of Remembrance each year will be welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Manchester.
Commander Regional Forces Lieutenant General Nick Parker CBE is the invited military guest of honour, and will speak about the history and the future of the Territorial Army.
For the people of Manchester, this is an opportunity to pay tribute to the generosity and the valour of the people who, over the last one hundred years, have given their time, their talent and sometimes their lives, to serving this country with the Territorial Army. They demonstrate the very best of human spirit, courage and commitment.
Martin Hellewell, tel 0161 234 3729