Every so often, our job surprises us with moments that are truly special. One such day was September 11th, when we had the delightful opportunity to spend time with the Chelsea Pensioners.
If you haven’t heard of them, the Chelsea Pensioners are retired British Army veterans who live at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Dressed in their iconic scarlet uniforms, they’re not just a sight to behold but also a heartwarming representation of Britain’s rich military history.
Our day’s adventure? A trip to the war graves in Northern France and Belgium, where many brave souls from the World Wars are laid to rest. These sites, while a sombre reminder of the past, also offer a place of reflection and appreciation for the peace we enjoy today.
Our driver, Grant, who’s seen many a European road in his 25 years of driving coaches, remarked, “This journey with the Chelsea Pensioners is definitely a standout moment in my career.” And we couldn’t agree more!
In all, it was a day filled with stories, laughter, and a deep sense of respect. Here’s to many more such memorable journeys!
By Emma Retter (marketing manager) and Mark Anderson (MD Anderson tours)