Blog Category: General update
Our biggest event so far was a D-Day commemoration, with a structured service being followed by an informal indoor street party in the afternoon.
We had a fantastic turn out, with invited guests from all branches of the armed forces, alongside elected officials, and representatives of a number of partner organisations. Some of our key participants were from the Armed forces & veterans association in Dumbarton and paisley war blind centre, who were able to connect with everyone in the room, and bring some of their stories to life.
The local primary school children came along to perform some songs, one pupil read a very poignant poem, and the head teacher was presented with a handcrafted wooden plaque of our logo- which was designed as part of a competition, run within the school. This was made by a veteran who goes to the war blind centre, and one of his fellow patrons, who is well known in the village was invited to be involved in the awarding of the plaque.
HMNB Clyde was also a great asset to the event, from base chaplain rev Ind’s prayers during the service and Commander Fitzsimmons ’ ceremonial role, through to Babcock Marine’s donations towards the buffet, and of course a wide range of uniformed personnel, both still serving and retired which brought a multi generational aspect, and a wide range of stories to be compared.
We were also well supported by regular attendees of our fortnightly brunch club, with people of all ages getting into the spirit, wearing 1940s inspired clothes, bringing along family medals and recounting experiences throughout the afternoon.
Police Scotland youth volunteers also deserve a wee mention, as they were kept busy looking after some of the less agile; waiting on them, and even doing the dishes. We are currently making arrangements with them to organise a vintage tea dance for the beginning of November, incorporating more of the fun aspects from Thursday, and already we have a good interest building in this.