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Celebrations to mark the crowning of HM King Charles III took place at West Mercia Police’s Headquarters on Friday 5 May.

Bringing together the Chief Constable Pippa Mills, High Sheriff of Worcestershire Louise Hewitt and RAF veteran, now serving police officer, PC James Graysmark the commemorative event was led by Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion.

The service began with a speech from the PCC who marked the momentous milestone in the United Kingdom’s history and highlighted the tireless devotion to public service shared by officers and staff in West Mercia Police and the Royal Family.

A plaque to commemorate the coronation was unveiled, created locally by West Mercia business, The British Ironworks Centre in Shropshire.

A two-metre English Oak tree was planted by PC Graysmark next to Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee canopy. A police officer for four years, PC Graysmark previously served in the RAF for thirteen years, where he suffered a shrapnel wound in active deployment.

As part of the event, King Charles’s favourite flowers, Delphiniums, were planted by the attendees outside the main reception at Hindlip.

PCC John Campion said: “The Royal Family are a constant reminder of the British values that tie us all together. As bastions of public service and a beacon of leadership and stability it’s important to celebrate such a significant occasion in our country’s history.

“I’m extremely proud to have hosted this ceremony, tying in King Charles’s love for the environment by planting an English Oak tree and his favourite flowers.  

“I’m sure many of you in West Mercia will be marking the King’s coronation in your own way. Whatever plans you have made, I hope you have a happy and safe Bank Holiday weekend.”

Chief Constable Pippa Mills said: “The Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla is a historic moment for the nation and I am pleased to mark this with a lasting memento at West Mercia Police headquarters for future generations to enjoy.” 

Picture shows from left to right: PCC John Campion, Chief Constable Pippa Mills, High Sheriff of Worcestershire Louise Hewitt and PC James Graysmark