Having been invited to attend the Goodwood Revival twice already, we were surprised and honoured to be asked to be the official charity of the Goodwood Revival in 2016! We were able to bring 22 Normandy Veterans to the Revival over the three-day weekend, some of whom had visited with us before and some who were attending for the first time.
In this year's group were: Arthur Palmer, John Dennett, Francis Diffell, Gordon Drabble, Charlie Barnes, Patrick Churchill, Bill Ridgway, Bob Laverty, Neville Foote, Richard Llewellyn, Ron Minton, Richard Hughes, Bill Pendell, Joe Cattini, Denys Hunter, Bob Reeves, Douglas Austin, Len Buckley, Bill Harrison, Ray Shuck, Nick Rumble and Alf Bradshaw.
The event took place over three days from the 9th - 11th September. On the first day we were a small contingent of just 7 local Veterans and their companions. We set up our WWII themed base next to the Goodwood Shop early on the 9th whilst our guests of honour headed over to the Pilot's Club for a bacon bap and morning cuppa! As the crowds poured in more and more people came over to chat to the Veterans about their wartime experiences and recent visits to Normandy. We always love seeing members of the public make such a fuss of our war heroes on home soil.
On Saturday and Sunday we were 22 Veterans strong. Sadly the weather was not on our side on the Saturday. The rain was relentless, but like the troopers they are the Veterans stuck it out with a few welcome breaks in the Pilot's Club. Sunday was much better and everyone was free to wander and explore the event at their leisure, making good use of the Goodwood Buggies!
Throughout the three day event volunteers were collecting donations for D-Day Revisited - specifically for the MASB 27 Restoration Project which was begun this summer. It was humbling for us to see how keen so many of the Veterans were to help out as well, handing out flyers and spreading the word about who we are and what we do. The interest and support from the general public was fantastic and we met some wonderful people who were keen to share their own family's wartime stories as well as learn from our Veteran friends.
Special thanks to:
Scott Graham for volunteering his time yet again to come along and look after Para Veteran Ray Shuck.
MASB 27 Project Foreman, Lee Mottrom, for giving up his weekend to come down and help with fundraising.
Carver Coaches for looking after us all so well as always!
Louise Brown, Sarah Blunden and the whole Goodwood Team for inviting us to be the official charity of the 2016 Revival event. All our Veterans and their companions were treated like VIPs as is always the case at Goodwood and we are extremely grateful for the excellent hospitality.
Kate Higton and the Richard Burns Foundation for helping us to make the very best of the fundraising opportunity and for allowing us to make use of their coffee and tea facilities all weekend!