Westminster Abbey

A Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to mark the Centenary of Blind Veterans UK.

On Tuesday 6 October 2015 Blind Veterans UK held a special Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to mark our centennial year and we were joined by 1,800 guests for the Service which was performed by blind veterans, volunteers, staff and celebrities including Barbara Windsor, David Dimbleby, Gwawr Edwards and Alistair Caplin who played his especially composed violin piece for the Service ‘Reach your Hand to my Shoulder’.

 

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

We were honoured that The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, flew in straight from the USA that morning especially to be able to join us.

 

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

Following the Service of Thanksgiving the bells of Westminster Abbey rang in joyous celebration as blind veterans and their guests headed to the College Garden to enjoy lunch. It was a very special occasion as sandwiches and cakes were eaten from very special Blind Veterans UK picnic boxes that have become something of a collector’s piece.

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