A BROMSGROVE business owner and former serviceman is set to represent the town at the Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance.

Tony Warren, owner of Broad Street DIY, was notified in September that he had been nominated as a representative standard bearer in the Muster of Legion Standards event, which is taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on November 10.

The Festival of Remembrance honours those who have given their lives in the service of their country, and has been held in London since 1923.

Mr Warren said: "I am extremely proud and overwhelmed. I think it is about 30 years since Bromsgrove was last invited to take part in this prestigious and hugely important commemorative event.”

After joining the Army in 1958, Mr Warren served in the Grenadier Guards for eight years. During this time, he was stationed in Germany, Libya, the British Cameroons in Africa and with the United Nations in Cyprus.

On home soil he was based at camps in Surrey, Hampshire, Chelsea and the Wellington Barracks in London. His guard duties included the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the Bank of England.

He was on guard at the Queen’s Birthday Parade in June 1962.

Mr Warren has been a standard bearer at Bromsgrove's Remembrance Sunday parade for more than 25 years, and will rush back from London for this year's parade on November 11.

The Festival of Remembrance is presented by Huw Edwards in front of the Royal Family and will be broadcasted on BBC One.