MORE than 200 veterans and their guests were treated to a summer garden party drive-in laid on by a British armed forces charity.

The Not Forgotten, a charity which supports serving and ex-service personnel, is touring the UK with a series of 11 complementary ‘Forgot You Not Rock’ summer garden party drive-in concerts for veterans and their guests.

The events have been organised to entertain, boost morale and lift lockdown spirits for those affected by isolation and loneliness during the pandemic.

On July 12, Hagley Hall played host to two events which featured live music, dancing, interactive games, a raffle, barbecue and refreshments, including Pimms.

Bluetooth speakers were provided to each vehicle so guests could enjoy the party whatever the weather and maintain social distancing guidelines before restrictions were lifted on July 19.

And when the sun came out guests armed with picnic chairs and blankets were able to enjoy an alfresco dance and singalong during the concerts which invited people to dress up - with a prize awarded for the most innovative outfit.

Brigadier James Stopford CBE, CEO of The Not Forgotten, said: “We’re delighted to be touring the UK with this series of ‘Forgot You Not Rock’ summer garden party drive-in concerts that will take place, whatever the weather – come rain or shine.

“Despite the easing of restrictions, it has been an incredibly challenging time for so many who have suffered with loneliness and mental health issues.

"We are bringing some much-needed cheer, fun and entertainment to veterans across the country and are extremely grateful to the owners of the spectacular venues for giving us this wonderful opportunity to entertain those that have served our country.”

The Not Forgotten charity works to combats isolation and loneliness among the armed forces community through social activities and challenge holidays.

Any serving or ex-member of the armed forces that could benefit from help can get in touch by calling 0207 730 2400.