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A fundraising street party held in Fordingbridge has brought together several generations to honour the D-Day landings. The event, held at Chevrons Living and attended by Mayor Cllr Peter White, invited members of the public to come together for a lunchtime street party with a traditional buffet served by the land girl army and live music performed by Simon Morgan, who had a career in the Royal Marines Band Service. Proceeds from the event went directly to the Royal British Legion, which provides financial, social, and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families, and dependants.

During the day, guests observed a traditional flag-raising ceremony, conducted by Cllr White, followed by an emotional rendition of the Last Post, performed by Tom Denis from Hyde Band.

The event also welcomed Year 6 pupils from Fordingbridge Federation, who arrived with their teachers and Headteacher Mrs Robertson to enjoy lunch with the other guests, including several veterans. The children also helped in planting a beautiful rose, named ‘Remember Me’, in Chevrons Living’s picturesque gardens, poignantly highlighting the crossover of generations and the future given to the world thanks to those who had served.

Barry Robbins, CEO of Chevrons Living, said: “Our D-Day Street Party was a relaxed and enjoyable affair with a meaningful message – that this event was not just about remembering history but also about building community and showing gratitude across all ages.

“Seeing different generations come together to honour the bravery and sacrifices of those who were involved in D-Day was truly inspiring. The mix of our older guests and children was perfect in highlighting the lasting impact of those who served and the bright future they’ve helped secure.”

In addition to the D-Day Street Party, Chevrons Living continues to strengthen its support to the Armed Forces by running its monthly ‘Veterans Hub’. The free brunch event, which will next be held on 20 June from 10 am to 12 pm, invites all veterans and their families aged 18 and over. The popular social gathering strives to provide a safe and positive environment to socialise, make new friends, and enjoy a bacon or sausage bap cooked by Chevrons Living’s friendly staff.

Barry added: “Space may be limited, so if you’re interested in attending or have any questions, please contact us.”

To book your space, please call 01425 200 428 or email info@chevronsliving.com

 

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