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Army veterans enjoy garden party at Gatcombe Park


Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park played host to a summer garden party drive-in for more than 200 army veterans.

The Not Forgotten, a British Armed Forces charity that supports serving and ex-service personnel is touring the UK with a series of 11 complementary ‘Forgot You Not Rock’ Summer Garden Party Drive-In concerts for veterans and their guests.

Two Garden Party events took place in the beautiful grounds of prestigious Gatcombe Park, featuring a fantastic mix of entertainment provided by The Not Forgotten’s professional entertainment team.

The drive-in concerts featured live music, including favourite party hits and guilty pleasures from across the eras, dancing, interactive games and a raffle, which were all served up alongside a fantastic BBQ and refreshments, including Pimms, to get the veterans and their guests in the party mood.

Gatcombe Park 3 | Army veterans enjoy garden party at Gatcombe Park

Bluetooth speakers were provided to each vehicle, which were parked at a specified distance from others, so everyone could enjoy the party, whatever the weather and to ensure social distancing guidelines were maintained. When the sun came out, guests armed with picnic chairs and blankets let their hair down and enjoyed an alfresco dance and singalong during the unforgettable concerts.

Brigadier James Stopford, CBE, CEO of The Not Forgotten told us: “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 combats isolation and loneliness amongst the Armed Forces community through social activities and challenge holidays. 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, please get in touch by contacting Tel: 0207 730 2400.

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