On Friday 28 June 2019, the team at Guildford Fire Station threw open their doors to welcome local veterans. Seventeen members of the armed forces community popped in to the informal event, enjoying good company, a tour of the station and even a freshly cooked bacon butty.
Guildford Fire Station has strong links with the armed forces and were keen to do something during national Armed Forces Week (24-29 June 2019) to show their respects and say thank you to the armed forces community.
Everyone was in agreement that they would like the chance to meet again and plans are now in place to make this drop-in a monthly event, open to all local veterans. Further details will be available via the Armed Forces Calendar in due course.
Assistant Group Commander, Pat Sheridan, said:
"It was an absolute honour to have these military veterans come to Guildford fire station for a bacon roll and a brew.
They served in different theatres of war in different regiments and some served in the same regiments at different times. Absolute heroes and legends. Looking forward to seeing them again to strengthen the bonds between our services."
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