The Mayor of Dudley attends many functions during the year, both for civic duties and also through invitations. Although it may not be possible to celebrate in person at the moment the Mayor of Dudley, councillor David Stanley, would still like to recognise and celebrate those dates that are important to us all. 


Christmas wishes from the Mayor


Whilst VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of our soldiers, sailors and airmen were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East and the war would not officially end for another 15 weeks.

Today, the 15 August 2020, we mark the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day. VJ Day was the day in 1945 that Japan’s Emperor officially surrendered, which bought the end of the Second World War.

Although it is easy to think of the battles that took place in Europe, the fighting that took place in the Asia-Pacific, from North East India to Hawaii, is less talked about but no less important. The Fourteenth Army, made up of British and Commonwealth units from India and East and West Africa, was not only the largest army but also one of the most diverse in history with more than 40 languages being spoken.

The descendants of those Commonwealth soldiers are today part of multicultural communities around the world, a lasting legacy to the success and comradeship of those who fought in the Asia-Pacific.

We owe so much to those who fought and those who gave their lives for the peace that is now shared by our nations. I hope that you will join me in celebrating VJ Day and 75 years of peace and friendship this weekend.

God bless you all and let us remember all those who made the supreme sacrifice. 


His worshipful, the Mayor of Dudley

Councillor David Stanley

Have a go at making your own Japanese peace crane or dove by following one of the guides here - peace crane instructions


Armed Forces Day at Himley Hall is the biggest event of its kind in the region and I know that there will be many people who will be disappointed that it will not be taking place this year.

Although we sadly cannot join together this year to celebrate our Armed Forces colleagues we would like to take this opportunity to share our best moments from previous years. Please share your favourite photos from the last 11 years to @Dudleyborough on Facebook and @dudleymbc on twitter to celebrate Armed Forces Week.

His worshipful, the Mayor of Dudley

Councillor David Stanley

The Mayor of Dudley, cllr David Stanley,


As both Mayor of Dudley and a borough resident I am very proud to be part of such a diverse borough where people from all backgrounds and lifestyles are cherished. It is especially poignant at the moment that we are thankful to live in a community of kindness and acceptance.

I am pleased that the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) will still be recognised in Dudley this year despite us not being able to hold a physical event . The rainbow flag will be raised above the Council House from noon on Friday 15 May and a film compilation of photos from borough residents making heart shapes with their hands will be played over the council’s social media platforms. 

His worshipful, the Mayor of Dudley

Councillor David Stanley


A message from the Mayor of Dudley

Victory in Europe Day marks the day that saw the end of the six years of fighting that took place across the continent, killing and displacing millions.

On Tuesday 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Nazi Germany's surrender the day before.

As part of his speech Winston Churchill said: "We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing, but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead." Many will feel that this is as relevant today as it was 75 years ago as we celebrate this anniversary in unprecedented circumstances, due to the pandemic that has effected the world, once again uniting nations.   

Although we may not be able to celebrate the anniversary in the way that we had wished, I hope that everyone will use the day to think about whose who made the ultimate sacrifice all those years ago, so that we could enjoy the freedoms that we now all cherish so much.

Whether you will be following the coverage on TV, joining in with the 3pm toast to the nation or having a garden picnic I hope that you all have a safe and enjoyable VE Day.

His worshipful, the Mayor of Dudley

Councillor David Stanley

A message from Dudley Council's Armed Forces Champion

75 years ago our families were celebrating the end of hostilities in Europe on VE Day. 


That generation had shown us how to deal with adversity and work together and we should take a leaf out of their book. It has been an honour to see one of our last veterans from that conflict, Captain Tom Moore, show us the spirit of that generation. What an inspiration.

We are facing a new crisis with a silent and unseen enemy in Covid-19 and we have new heroes on our front line. All the medical and care professionals in the country have walked towards that new danger, so we still have that same spirit of 75 years ago. Our military services are also at the heart of that battle.

Those of us not on the front line can help in our own way if we stay safe, protect the NHS, save lives and commemorate VE Day at home.

Dudley Council's Armed Forces Champion

Councillor Dave Tyler

Thank you to everyone from across the borough who commemorated VE Day 75 by dressing their home in red, white and blue. Below are some of the photos shared by residents.  


A message from the Mayor of Dudley

It gives me great pleasure to offer the Muslim community my warmest greetings for Ramadan and Eid celebrations.


I understand the month of Ramadan is a time for reflection and purity of thought and action, while Eid symbolises, pity, patience and godliness. 


Socially Ramadan and Eid remind us of the noble human feeling to share festivities with the poor, underprivileged and neglected from all faiths and non-faiths.


Ramadan and Eid celebrations are a time to realise the concept of inter-faith harmony across communities and a commitment to build a cohesive and peaceful borough and world for all.


While the Coronavirus Pandemic is testing us all, we are able to find new ways to celebrate safely.  So I do hope the month of Ramadan and Eid will remain a joyful and reflective occasion for all while we stay at home, save lives and help protect the NHS.


Ramadan Mubarak

His worshipful, the Mayor of Dudley

Councillor David Stanley