See who is supporting The Big Whistle campaign to “whistle-in” the Commonwealth Games

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Inspired by London 2012 Olympics All the Bells - here’s the campaign for Brummies to welcome the Commonwealth Games to their city their way!

The atmosphere is electric as Birmingham prepares for the Commonwealth Games with Brummie pride set to make it a truly monumental occasion for the city.

Birmingham 2022 is an opportunity to showcase the second city to the world, but also, just as importantly - a chance for the people of West Midlands to come together.

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The Big Whistle campaign, created by Birmingham Florist Mark Gribben, aims to unite the city to “whistle-in” the launch of the Commonwealth Games - a gesture from the people of the city. It is inspired by London 2012 Olympic’s All the Bells welcome.

There will be an event at 2.22 on July 28 for The Big Whistle. But if you can’t make it into town, you are welcome to blow your whilstle on your doorstep - or wherever else you please!

Many are supporting The Big Whistle - and here’s why.

Mark Gribben speaks about his Big Whistle campaign ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth GamesMark Gribben speaks about his Big Whistle campaign ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Mark Gribben speaks about his Big Whistle campaign ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games | Local TV

Mark says: “The whistle, I came up with - it was invented in Birmingham many years ago. Literally just down the road here. And the whistle has played such a part in our social history. From the police whistle what it was originally developed for. Right through to protest meetings - with pride and action. All sorts of things, the whistle has been involved with - and of course, referees with sport!”

Aktar Islam, Michelin Star Chef, speaks about the opportunities the Commonwealth Games will bring to BirminghamAktar Islam, Michelin Star Chef, speaks about the opportunities the Commonwealth Games will bring to Birmingham
Aktar Islam, Michelin Star Chef, speaks about the opportunities the Commonwealth Games will bring to Birmingham | Local TV

Aktar Islam, Michelin Star Chef, says: “It is really important, because anything that brings a spotlight onto the city is a good thing. Especially with the last two years that we’ve had. It’s nice to have things to encourage people to come back in and break the habits that were built up over the past couple of years, to actually start coming back into cities, and especially Birmingham, because as a city we’ve got so much to offer.”

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The Big Whistle to bring thousands together to “whistle-in” the launch of the GamesThe Big Whistle to bring thousands together to “whistle-in” the launch of the Games
The Big Whistle to bring thousands together to “whistle-in” the launch of the Games | Local TV

The Big Whistle takes place at exactly 2:22pm on Thursday 28th July, and organisers are keen to see the people of Birmingham come together for their event in Central Square to make some noise for the city. The event will include food stalls and festive jazz music to celebrate the event and, of course, hundreds of whistles.

Mark says: “If you can’t make it here - anywhere! On your doorstep, on your balcony, in the pub, at the restaurant, in the office - give it a blow!”

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