Tonight, millions are expected to watch the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games worldwide. Alexander Stadium, fresh off the back of a 3-year rebuild project, will play host to the festivities, kicking off the 22nd Games with 30,000 live spectators including Prince Charles.
We’re proud to insure the Jaguar MKII which will take part in this historic event, owned and driven by customer Craig Archer. Craig tells us he responded to an email calling for owners of cars that have a connection to Birmingham and the West Midlands, and the selection team ‘fell in love’ with the 1967 classic. He came by today to meet us in person and show off SD0 777 in show-ready condition.
Craig, who owns Heart of England Tree Services, says the cars taking part are all in patriotic red, white and blue. He’s attended several rehearsals for tonight’s performance, which includes at least one surprise that will be filmed by drones above the stadium.
72 cars are taking part, to represent the 72 nations participating in the Commonwealth Games.
The opening ceremony has been orchestrated by Steven Knight, creator of hit show Peaky Blinders. Duran Duran will be performing, as well as the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a choir of more than 700 singers from across the West Midlands.