For the fourth time, Tendring District Council (TDC) teamed up with the Royal British Legion (RBL) Clacton-on-Sea branch to organise the annual afternoon tea dance at Clacton’s Princes Theatre for Second World War veterans in our community.
This free event was attended by more than 80 veterans and guests, who got to enjoy a buffet and dance. Many returning veterans and guests from previous years attended and expressed their delight at the return of the event.
This was a great chance for all veterans to meet up with old friends and colleagues, reminisce about their time together and to remember lost friends. They also met new people, shared different experiences and were honoured by TDC and the RBL.
Many brought along some commemorative memorabilia from their time during the Second World War, which held some strong memories for the veterans.
The event took place on Friday, July 6, and featured special guests Deputy Lord Lieutenant Bonnie Hill and Lt Col SJ Caldwell RLC, commander of Colchester Garrison, who conveyed the joy of the experience of meeting veterans, who each had a different story to tell.
A two-minute silence was also held, to remember those who gave their lives for their country.
Jamie Robinson, Parade Marshal and branch chairman for Clacton RBL, said the event was a great success.
“These events are always popular and it’s great to see so many familiar faces from last year as well as some new guests who seemed to really enjoy the experience,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity for our veterans to know how much we want to celebrate them, and appreciate the sacrifices made during their service.”