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BBBF host Britain’s Chelsea Pensioners over Remembrance Day

Welcomed by Chairman Khalid Al Zayani and committee members

The Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) is hosting three of Britain’s war heroes in the kingdom over the Remembrance Day.

The heroes will be welcomed by BBBF Chairman, Mr. Khalid Al Zayani, and members of the BBBF Committee at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The Chelsea Pensioners will lay the traditional Remembrance Day poppy wreath on the 11th November, in a memorial service attended by HE Simon Martin, British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

A one minute’s silence shall be observed, marking the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11am, 11th November), marking the time (in the United Kingdom) when armistice became effective in 1918.

“The Chelsea Pensioners” – as they have commonly become known due to their residence in the Royal Hospital in Chelsea in the United Kingdom – fall under the auspices of the Royal British Legion, a UK charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. As the UK’s Custodian of Remembrance, the Legion is leading Britain in respecting the sacrifices of the First World War, and is the UK’s largest Armed Forces charity, providing direct care and support to Armed Forces and veteran families in need.

This year’s Pensioners are Staff Sergeant, James Anderson, 79; Late Piper Major, Michael Shanahan, 69; and Late Sergeant, Louis John Back, 76.

The Chelsea Pensioners visits to Bahrain have become an annual tradition, and Mr. Khalid Al Zayani, Chairman of the Bahrain British Business Forum, noted that this would not be possible without the support of local businesses.

He commented: “The Pensioners greatly enjoy their visits to Bahrain and always comment on the hospitality and warm welcome they receive here. I would like to thank those who have supported this year, including British Airways, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gulf Brands International, Euro Motors and BIC. The support of the community allows us to give the Pensioners a memorable experience which they take back and share with their countrymen, thereby promoting a positive image of Bahrain – something which is at the heart of the BBBF mission.”

In addition to British Airways providing air tickets, the servicemen coming this year will be provided with six days accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel; and a chauffeur-driven Land Rover Discovery Sport, courtesy of Euro Motors, for the duration of their stay. Activities include attending Saint Christopher’s Cathedral Remembrance Service; and school visits to the British School Bahrain and Saint Christopher’s School.

The agenda also includes social events at the Dilmun Club, Rugby Club, Four Seasons and a traditional fish and chip supper at the British Club, a visit to The Royal Golf Club, along with a cultural experience tour of the island; and afternoon tea with HE Simon Martin, the British Ambassador to Bahrain.