Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Support for Folkestone and Ashford Military Show
Visitors to the Folkestone and Ashford Military Show in Kent had the opportunity to enjoy a live military band following a helping hand from us.
Our South East team, currently building new homes at Shorncliffe Heights on the former MOD Shorncliffe Garrison site in Folkestone, donated £500 to help pay for the live music by the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) Band.
The Kent (Marine) Cadet Force hosted the family-friendly three-day event – featuring battle re-enactments, military vehicles and live entertainment along with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June at Sellindge Showground in Ashford to mark the 25th anniversary of the PWRR.
The event also paid tribute to Les Birch, a former soldier in the PWRR who fought battles in Normandy and was a Prisoner of War in 10 different camps across Europe for five years, by raising £2,000 towards his memorial at Sellindge Showground.
Andrew Dorrell, Event Manager for the Folkestone and Ashford Military Show and Instructor at the Kent (Marine) Cadet Force, says: “I’d like to say a very big thank you to Taylor Wimpey for this generous contribution.
“Without this donation we wouldn’t have been able to have enjoyed the superb Third Battalion PWRR Band playing at the Folkestone and Ashford Military Show.
“The show was a wonderful celebration of the bravery of the PWRR and a tribute to soldiers like our friend Les Birch, who was a pillar of our community renowned for telling people stories from his incredible life in the military.”
The Folkestone and Ashford Military Show is organised by the Kent (Marine) Cadet Forces, an independent group that educates children and young people aged 10 to 18 skills based on the Royal Marines, Royal Navy and British Army standards. The group is non-affiliated with the Ministry of Defence, Marines or Armed Forces, and is entirely self-funded.
Andrew explains: “At the Kent (Marine) Cadet Force we have to do a lot of fundraising for our own equipment, uniforms and necessities.
“Receiving sponsorship for the Folkestone and Ashford Military Show from organisations like Taylor Wimpey helps our group tremendously, as it provides our cadets with the chance to concentrate on improving their skills.”
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “The Folkestone and Ashford Military Show is a remarkable event, this year marking the 25th anniversary of the PWWR and providing an insight into military history which the whole community can enjoy, so we were only too pleased to lend our support.
“We hope everyone had a wonderful day and that plenty of funds were raised for these fantastic causes.”
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