The National Caribbean Monument Charity held its first Charity Ball on the 13th October 2018 at the National Mortorcycle Museum, Soluhull, Birmingham. This was a special event for many reasons, recognition of the charity and its purpose, aims and objectives. The support from a variety of people and background including dignataries, friends and colleagues. There was also an outstanding level of military personnel in attendance mostly in their full formal regalia, as below, including comerades from WW2.
A photo shoot to kick start the evening.
Master of Ceremony Mr Cliff Walker, MB JP DL and Royal Air Force Veteran
Cliff opened the evening by introducing and welcoming dignaturies followed by thanking the TNCMC Trustees, Chair Donald Campbell, Vice Chair Winston White, Administrator Pauline Milnes and Treasurer Deborah Nicholls, for their efforts in organising the Ball.
Welcoming Dignatory Patron Prof Martiln Levermore MBE & Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands
Standart Party paying tribute in rememberanceStandard Bearers (Veterans) Left to Right: Vincent Daniel (Army) Kenneth Straun (Royal Air Force) George Laing (Marine) A very moving and fitting tribute was paid in honour and remembrarance of our past comerades, Lest We Forget, which was recited by Peter Hayman, Army Veteran.Followwed by Reverend Tony Douglas, visiting friend from Calfornia, USA, prayed guidance and grace on the proceedings for the evening.Speakers: Lt Col Petransky, ArmyFlt Sgt Prosser, Royal Air ForcePatron Eleanor Smith MP,Councilor Flo Nash Mayor of SolihullMartin Jennings SculptorProf Martin Levermore Deputy Lieuttant West Midlands.There were various Speakers who covered a variety of subjects, including the gallentry Service of Caribbean personnel in the West Indies Regiment and in the Royal Air Force during many, many conflicts. A framed copy of TNCM Design was presented to Mrs Meldlin Cleghorn by.....and Pauline Milnes. Tribute by Pauline Milnes, TNCMC Trustee, to Mrs Meldlin Cleghorn, Widow of George Cleghorn WW2 Veteran:"We have with us this evening Mrs Medlin Cleghorn the widow of George Cleghorn, who, in 1944 as a young lad travelled from Jamaica to support the British war effort.George was stationed at Bicester with the Royal Air Force until his demobilisation in 1946, when he travelled back to Jamaica, then returning to Britain in 1960.
During his time at Bicester he had the privilege of meeting King George V who paid a visit to the camp.
George is featured in a Black History publication called “sharing the past “a copy of which was sent to the Whitehouseas an inauguration gift for President Barak Obama.
George had to wait 50 plus years to receive his medal of service.And this was thanks to Olive Robinson of the Afro Caribbean Elders Centre, commonly known as ACES who was instrumental in achieving this for him.
It is because of men & women such as George and thousands of others that the installation of a monumentin The National Memorial Arboretum for Caribbean Military service personnel is so important".Mr Albert Jarrett age 94 receiving a framed copy of the TNCM Design from Councilor Flo Nash, Mayor of SolihullTribute to Mr Jarrett:"There is Young man amongst us by the name of Mr Albert Jarrett He Joined the RAF 76 years ago.
He is now 94 years young and is here tonight to share our achievements.
Mr Jarrett Join the RAF in Jamaica in 1941 age 17
After 23 days travelling he arrived in England March 1942 for full Training at RAF Filey as a Military Transport Worker and finished his training at RAF Melcham training camp.
He was then Posted to Sutton Coldfield Maintenance Unit, and later transferred to Grantham – Bomber Command
He was Posted back to Sutton Coldfield for rest of Service.
Mr Jarrett Returned to Jamaica and was demobbed 1946.
Whilst working at No1 Pier in Kingston Jamaica he witnessed all the Windrush passenger boarding the ship in 1948.
Mr Jarrett returned to England 1953 with one of his best mate who also served in the RAF. He did not return to home country of Jamaica for 37 when he went on a Holiday.
England is now firmly his home and is more than happy to grace us with his presence tonight.
Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Albert Jarrett and his wife Shirley".Professor Martin Martin Levermore being presented with a TNCMC Certificate in recognition of his Company Mdti, www.mdti.co.uk, sponsoring the TNCMC Standard.
Professor Martin Levermore MBE, DL, FRSA, Chartered MCISI, Visiting Professor for Health, Education and Life Sciences Birmingham City University and Deputy Lieutenant for West Midlands, was also representing the Lord Lieutenancy of the West Midlands.
Sqn Ldr Briam Ramsey and Sgt Shiv Chand being presented with a TNCMC Certificate in recognition the Royal Air Force Engage Team, West Midlands & Wales, for sponsoring the TNCMC Backdrop (Centro).
Mr Gregory Griffith, Veteran Royal Air Force, being presented with a TNCMC Certificate, by Deborah Cadman, Chief Executive West Midlands Authority, on behalf the Ex-Service Personnel (EPR) Organisation www.epreunion.com for monitary donations to TNCMC.
The excellent saxaphonist, Samantha Jayne, provided melodious music during dinner, which was heartily applauded numerous times.
The family Kilbride and Morries, mainly from Lichfield, with a great story linking back to World War 2