More than £1,000 raised at Spitfire Cafe’s remembrance event

PUBLISHED: 12:16 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:35 08 November 2016

Mayor of Bromley Ian Payne with the Chelsea Pensioners and Sally O'Connor

Mayor of Bromley Ian Payne with the Chelsea Pensioners and Sally O'Connor


Veterans of WWII and other conflicts attended the event

More than£1,000 was raised for charity at a Biggin Hill Remembrance Day event attended by veterans of World War II on Sunday.

Four Chelsea Pensioners visited the Spitfire Cafe on Main Road, where they had lunch and judged a poetry competition for children from Oaklands School.

A raffle and an auction were held, raising £1,025 for the Poppy Appeal and the RAF Chapel Museum Trust.

Phoenix City Disco played 1940s music for the veterans, while local magician Robert Forzoni entertained the youngsters with magic tricks.

Mayor of Bromley Ian Payne also attended to welcome the WWII veterans and veterans of more recent conflicts, including the war in Afghanistan.

A pop-up museum of WWII memorabilia was brought over from Tunbridge Wells by Derek and Martin Beevis, giving people the chance to find out how their grandparents had lived during the war.

Spitfire cafe owner Sally O’Connor said: “I was overwhelmed with the support from not only the community but even further away - people have come from Essex.

“The support from the local businesses and the children was really, really good. That is what makes the events so special, as everyone helps out.

“I ran out of tables and chairs, and New Life Church let us borrow some.

“The poetry competition was so hard for the Chelsea Pensioners to judge, so I made some extra certificates - everyone’s a winner.

“The veterans were toe-tapping and singing along to the music.

One of the Chelsea Pensioners said it reminded him of dancing as a little boy. When war broke out he was dancing at all the events - and he got all the girls because of it!

“We were lucky with the weather. The sun was out at seven o’clock. It was very cold, but in the sun it was quite nice.”

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