Veterans’ Afternoon Tea in Wigan

Forces’ entertainer Annie Riley singing the Queen's favourite songs to North West Veterans
Forces’ entertainer Annie Riley belting out a song

The Lord-Lieutenant was represented by Melanie Bryan OBE DL at a fabulous, nostalgic event at Whelley Ex-serviceman’s Club in Wigan on Wednesday 31st August held by The Not Forgotten Charity. Along with a traditional and delicious afternoon tea the veterans were treated to a sing along. For the Platinum Jubilee Year the charity had approached Buckingham Palace for a list of the Queen’s favourite songs, and these were belted out by forces’ entertainer Annie Riley, supported by an entertainment team.

Since 1920 The Not Forgotten charity has supported veterans with disabilities or illness, and wounded service personnel through a tailored and varied programme of events. They support over 10,000 individuals each year to improve their physical and mental health, address isolation and loneliness and promote a sense of community and balance. This enables them and their families to live a happier and more confident life. Their social activities, challenges, peer support and practical support is varied and typically includes an annual Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, an annual Christmas Party at St James’ Palace; adaptive skiing, trekking and alpine canoeing; respite holidays; concerts in care homes; outings to sporting events such as Ascot, Twickenham and Wimbledon; holiday grants; providing televisions and licences to those confined to their homes; and providing tablets and laptops to those who are digitally isolated. Their Patron is The Princess Royal.

Veterans pictured with Deputy Lieutenant, Melanie Bryan OBE DL, The Mayor of Wigan and her Consort and Wigan Council's lead member for Armed Forces
Deputy Lieutenant, Melanie Bryan OBE DL, with NW Veterans and The Mayor of Wigan, her Consort and Wigan Council’s lead member for Armed Forces.

This was one of their regular afternoon teas around the country. It was attended by veterans from across the North West, primarily Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. Alongside Melanie, the Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Marie Morgan; her Consort, Councillor Clive Morgan; and Councillor Yvonne Klieve who is the Wigan Council lead member for Armed Forces attended and supported the event.