Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) welcome Britain’s Chelsea Pensioners to Bahrain
Manama, 9 November, 2019: British Airways flies three Chelsea Pensioners into the kingdom for Remembrance Day. The Chelsea Pensioners are guests of the BBBF and were welcomed by the British Embassy Defence Attaché Commander Paul Windsar RN with BBBF Treasurer Philip Solarski on their arrival at the Bahrain International Airport last night.
The Chelsea Pensioners will lay the traditional Remembrance Day poppy wreath in a memorial service on the 10th November at the St. Christopher’s Cathedral, attended by Roddy Drummond, the British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain. A two-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.
This year’s Chelsea Pensioners are: Dewi Treharne (WO2) 84 years; Roy Palmer (WO2) 80 years; and Peter Henry (WO1) 72 years.
The Chelsea Pensioners visits to Bahrain have become an annual tradition, and Mr. Khalid Al Zayani OBE, BBBF Chairman, noted that this is made possible with the generosity of local businesses. He commented: “The Chelsea Pensioners greatly enjoy their visits to Bahrain and always comment on the hospitality and warm welcome they receive here. I would like to thank our supporters this year, including British Airways, Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover, Gulf Hotel and Gulf Brands International. The support of the community allows us to give the Chelsea 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 accommodation at the Gulf Hotel for the duration of their stay. Activities include attending Saint Christopher’s Cathedral Remembrance Service; and visits to the British School of Bahrain, Saint Christopher’s School and Nadeen School. The itinerary also includes social events at the Capital Club, Dilmun Club, Rugby Club, British Club, and a visit to the Royal Golf Club, along with a cultural experience tour of Bahrain. The Chelsea Pensioners will also attend the BBBF’s Poppy Ball on 15th November as the VIP Guests of Honour.
The Poppy Ball is organised in support of the Chelsea Pensioners Appeal, Earl Haig Fund and The Children and Mothers Welfare Society Bahrain.