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Veterans and guests park up at Ballindalloch Castle for live drive-in concert


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MORE than 200 veterans and their guests parked up to let their hair down at a drive-in concert in the grounds of Ballindalloch Castle this week.

The Not Forgotten, a British Armed Forces charity which supports serving and ex-service military personnel, recently launched a nationwide live drive-in concert tour to support veterans and give them a boost after spending so long in lockdowns.

Many of the people it supports have been struggling with isolation and loneliness in recent months. They relished the chance to get into the party spirit and enjoy some live entertainment, singing, dancing, games and a barbecue all served up with Pimms.

The Not Forgotten has held a series of 11 "Forgot You Not Rock" drive-in concerts for veterans and their guests around the country.

Two garden party events took place at Ballindalloch Castle on Monday, September 13, featuring the charity's professional entertainment team.

Some revellers at the 'Forgot You Not Rock' drive-in concert for veterans and their guests at Ballindalloch Castle.
Some revellers at the 'Forgot You Not Rock' drive-in concert for veterans and their guests at Ballindalloch Castle.
The Not Forgotten charity's entertainment team. Picture: Gavin Crilly.
The Not Forgotten charity's entertainment team. Picture: Gavin Crilly.

Concert-goers set up their picnic chairs and blankets, and danced and sang along to party hits from across the eras, and enjoyed interactive games and a raffle.

Bluetooth speakers were provided to each vehicle, which were parked at a specified distance from others.

The dress code was smart casual, garden party attire or rock 'n' roll. A prize was awarded for the most innovative outfit.

Brigadier James Stopford CBE, chief executive 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 venues for giving us this wonderful opportunity to entertain our beneficiaries."


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