Veterans enjoy outdoor charity concert celebration at HMS Excellent to boost morale

A SPECIAL concert gave veterans a trip down memory lane as an afternoon of entertainment lifted lockdown spirits.

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 12:19 pm

More than 100 veterans and their guests gathered for a celebration at HMS Excellent, Whale Island, on Friday.

Organised by The Not Forgotten, a British armed forces charity for serving and ex-servicemen and women, the event was part of a nationwide outdoor concert tour to entertain, boost morale and lift lockdown spirits by reaching thousands of veterans across the country.

Second World War veterans, including Women of the Royal Naval Services or Wrens, Bomber Command and Royal Naval Association personnel wore their medals with pride and enjoyed the concert in their own social bubbles.

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An afternoon of music entertained veterans at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth. Pictured: Guests enjoying the show

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David Cowley OBE, chairman of The Not Forgotten, said: ‘Sadly, events to commemorate VJ Day could not take place properly this year, so we were determined to help World War Two veterans and those who have served their country mark this important day by bringing the celebration to them at HMS Excellent.

‘I would like to extend my thanks to Commander Simon Turnbull for kindly allowing us to use the wonderful grounds at HMS Excellent on what was a wonderful day for veterans and their guests.’

The special celebration marked the centenary years of the Association of Wrens and The Not Forgotten, and guests sang along, tapped their feet, waved flags and danced as The Not Forgotten professional entertainment team of singers and musicians performed.

An afternoon of music entertained veterans at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth. Pictured: The entertainment team

Afternoon tea was served in modern day ration packs for a real garden party feel, as people enjoyed the set which included popular classics and rousing favourites from the 30s to the 60s including a special tribute to the late Dame Vera Lynn.

Commandant Anthea Larken CBE, The Not Forgotten president and former president of The Association of Wrens was in attendance to enjoy the festivities.

The Not Forgotten combats isolation and loneliness amongst the Armed Forces community through social activities and challenge holidays.

An afternoon of music entertained veterans at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth. Pictured: Guests enjoying the show

If you are a serving or ex-member of the Armed Forces or you know of someone that could benefit from the help of The Not Forgotten, phone 0207 730 2400 or visit thenotforgotten.org for more information.

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