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Veterans welcomed to Hagley Hall

We were delighted to welcome 200 veterans and their guests to a complimentary Summer garden drive-in party, hosted in conjunction with The Not Forgotten charity. The charity supports serving and ex-service personnel and are touring with 11 ‘Forgot You Not Rock’ concerts for veterans and their guests. The events have been organised to entertain, boost morale and lift lockdown spirits for those affected by isolation and during the pandemic. On July 12, we hosted the first two events, kick starting the tour. They featured live music, dancing, interactive games, a raffle, barbecue and refreshments, including Pimms. Bluetooth speakers were provided to each vehicle so guests could enjoy the party whatever the weather and maintain social distancing guidelines before restrictions were lifted on July 19. The sun did eventually make an appearance and guests, armed with picnic chairs and blankets, were able to enjoy an alfresco dance and singalong during the concerts which invited people to dress up – with a prize awarded for the most innovative outfit.

Brigadier James Stopford CBE, CEO of The Not Forgotten, said:

“We’re delighted to be touring the UK with this series of ‘Forgot You Not Rock’ summer garden party drive-in concerts that will take place, whatever the weather – come rain or shine.

Despite the easing of restrictions, it has been an incredibly challenging time for so many who have suffered with loneliness and mental health issues.

We are bringing some much-needed cheer, fun and entertainment to veterans across the country and are extremely grateful to the owners of the spectacular venues for giving us this wonderful opportunity to entertain those that have served our country.”

The Not Forgotten charity works to combat isolation and loneliness among the armed forces community through social activities and challenge holidays. Any serving or ex-member of the armed forces that could benefit from help can get in touch by calling 0207 730 2400.