Birmingham’s Blakemores Solicitors has paid tribute to the Mercian Regiment by renaming its headquarters Mercian House in its honour.
Blakemores, which occupies 40 Great Charles Street, hosted an evening of celebration to officially mark the event.
The evening also served to mark the launch of Mercian Business Connection which has been created to bring together the Mercian Regiment and local businesspeople in the Midlands to promote fundraising for the Mercian Benevolent Fund, recruitment for the 4th Battalion of the Mercian Regiment (Territorial Unit) and to assist in the career development of members of the regiment who are leaving the armed forces.
It was attended by many members of the Birmingham business community as well as senior members of the armed forces.
Guests were treated to a military-themed event which included the corps of drums from the regiment, war-gaming provided by the Loughborough War Gaming Association and static displays illustrating current military equipment.
The focal point of the event was the attendance of Lance Corporal Derby, the Regimental Ram Mascot, who normally lives at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
To mark the naming of the building, the internal main glass doors of Mercian House have also been embellished with the Mercian Regiment emblem, a double -headed eagle, as well as the regimental colours of Lincoln green, buff and cerise.
Blakemores’ managing partner, Guy Barnett, paid tribute to the Mercian Regiment’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan, as well as to soldiers who have recently lost their lives on operations.
Mr Barnett, who served more than 21 years as company sergeant major in 29 Company of the 3rd Battalion of the Military Intelligence, said: “I am extremely proud having worked at 40 Great Charles Street for over 25 years and to have the honour of being able to rename the building and to show my respect for the Mercian Regiment in naming the building in their honour.
“My ongoing tribute will be to facilitate charitable work for their benevolent association as well as ensuring that ex-members of the regiment have the careers that they deserve in civilian life.”
Lt Col Dominic Wilford said: “I am proud of our continued relationship and support received from Guy Barnett on behalf of Blakemores Solicitors.
“Tonight has been a wonderful tribute to the hard work of the 4th Battalion and I am proud to rename the building Mercian House.
“It’s been a double celebration this evening, marking the launch of Mercian Network and Business Connection; bringing the regiment and businesses across the Midlands closer together.”