Old soldiers’ dinner treat

Veterans at Supporting Our Brave's Christmas lunch in the art deco cafe, Stanley Park.
Veterans at Supporting Our Brave's Christmas lunch in the art deco cafe, Stanley Park.
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BRAVE war heroes were reunited when they sat down to an afternoon of festive food and Christmas carols.

Second World War veterans based in residential homes and BLESMA veterans’ homes across the Fylde coast were brought together at the Art Deco Cafe in Stanley Park by Blackpool’s Supporting Our Brave shop.

Ray Graham, a volunteer for the community interest shop, said: “It was a superb day and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“Some of them wouldn’t have a Christmas lunch on that scale, so it was nice they could have it among their contemporaries because they hardly see each other.”

D-Day veteran Jim Baker, 90, president of the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee, said: “It was a fantastic day.

“The venue itself was delightful and the food excellent – it really was a first class show.

“It was great to see a lot of my old friends that I’ve met over the years.

“I’m most grateful to Supporting Our Brave for getting us all together and doing this for us.”

Hannah Thornton, a student at Blackpool Sixth, entertained the veterans alongside her fellow students.

She said: “As musicians, we regularly perform at different events for all kinds of different reasons and we felt privileged to be asked to play at the cafe for the veterans.

“It was a fantastic event organised with the kindest of intentions and we enjoyed being able to contribute to the Christmas atmosphere in the way we know best.

“The veterans seemed to enjoy the music and were very complimentary afterwards.”

Supporting Our Brave is hosting a veterans night tomorrow at the Wainwright Club, Hornby Road, Blackpool, from 7.30pm, with a free buffet provided and entertainment by The Red Rose Choir.