Turkey & Tinsel Week at our Brighton centre

19 December 2017 17:00

This year, our blind veterans at the Brighton centre celebrated Christmas in style, and in good company.

With a stylish Christmas tree decorated in our charity’s colours, the centre has been enjoying a distinctly magical feel. 

Christmas tree decorated predominantly in blue, white and red, the colours of Blind Veterans UK,

The much anticipated Christmas Variety Show was put on by staff demonstrating their many and varied talents.

Photo of Chris Kirk and Stephen Richards

The genial hosts for the Show were Chris Kirk and Stephen Richards.

Steve Janering and Kevin Maile singing Whispering Grass

Steve Janering and Kevin Maile sang “Whispering Grass”, closely resembling the original artists Windsor Davies and Don Estelle (of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum).

White Stix performing at the Brighton centre

Our own band, the White Stix, performed several rock ‘n’ roll numbers and some members, who had clearly heard them before, were seen removing their hearing aids in readiness!

Bell ringing at the Brighton centre at Christmas

The bell ringing required serious concentration...

Ukulele playing at Brighton centre

…unlike the ukulele playing.

Brownies carol concert at the Brighton centre during Christmas

A local pack of brownies came to the centre and gave a lovely carol concert.

Brownies speaking and interacting with veterans

And afterwards stayed to chat to the veterans.

Gingernut Theatre Company brought their stage to us, performing the panto, “Beauty & the Beast”.

Gingernut Theatre Company performing at the Brighton centre

Our veterans also enjoyed excursions to festive markets and picturesque local towns, as well as visiting some beautiful countryside inns to sample seasonal produce and catch up on some last minute Christmas shopping.

A great week and lovely start to the festive season.

Christmas dinner at the Brighton centre

The Christmas dinner, as ever, was a highlight of the week for our veterans who looked resplendent in their favourite Christmas sweaters.

Christmas dinner at the Brighton centre with three blind veterans wearing festive hats

And not forgetting their hats!