Salford Veterans Breakfast Club; Generations remember together with respect for the ‘Fallen.’

Salford Veterans Club CIC Director Claire Marie Street explains how her niece Steph 17, has performed the ‘Last Post’ at the Remembrance service in her unique style. Playing the Last Post is Steph’s way of showing respect and acknowledging how she remembers the Fallen herself.

Salford Veterans Breakfast Club CIC meet every Saturday at St Thomas’s Church in Pendleton. It is a club where Armed Force Veterans get together, share banter and enjoy a cooked breakfast. It has been the tapestry of Saturday mornings for over four years; thus, it is a club where comradeship and friendships grow over a full English breakfast, toast and tea. Each year the Breakfast Club members and Father Daniel Burton remember the ‘Fallen’ in a Remembrance Service. This Remembrance service respects the people who gave so much and sacrificed their lives for our freedom; however, this year will be different. The younger generations have come forward to pay their respects in their unique way. This year, the Last Post, traditionally played by an Armed Forces Veteran, will be played by 17-year-old Steph, Claire Marie Street’s niece.

Salford Veterans Club CIC Director Claire Marie Street shares her niece Steph’s story. Steph is 17 and has offered to play the Last Post in this year’s service; Steph explains that it is her way to show how she ‘respects and remembers the fallen herself’.

‘Thank you, Steph; we are so proud of you!

Everyone at the Breakfast Club is honoured to know Steph, and they are very proud of her contribution. It is a beautiful recognition of the sacrifices made by our younger generations, which Steph proudly represents. The message she is portraying is held on behalf of our younger generation, who acknowledge the sacrifices made by so many, consequently allowing future generations to have the freedom they sadly lost.

The Remembrance Service was once again well attended, with regular Breakfast Club members representing the various Armed Forces regiments and services they once belonged. Sadly, a few faces were missing due to ill health; these included Glenn Croston (Founder & Director of The Breakfast Club), Ken Johnstone, Frank Watts and others. We think of them and wish them all a very speedy recovery.

Lest we Forget…

There has been great sadness with the loss of many of our Veterans this year who have passed away. We will remember them all with respect; we will honour their memory to recognise their services within the Armed Forces and their community.

Thank you to Derrick Corfield, a Salford man and his family, who have devoted their lives to their country.

Salford Armed Forces Breakfast Club CIC

Derrick Corfield read ‘The Exhortation’ and the Kohima Epitaph’ at the service, his voice resonated with pride.

‘They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.’

‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.’

Derrick Corfield

‘Armed Forces Veterans’; supporting our communities…

Salford Veterans Breakfast Club CIC Directors and members would like to thank the RNA Pendleton Branch for their continued support with the standard-bearers. A further thank you is extended to Father Daniel Burton, Vicar of St Thomas’s Church; he has supported us in the service today, and as a Director of the Salford Veterans Breakfast Club CIC, his support is unwavering.

A big thank you to all the Salford Veterans Breakfast Club CIC Directors; their commitment and dedication in supporting Veterans of the Armed Forces are recognised and highly respected in the community.

Thank you to Retired Flight Lieutenant Owen Hammond for his tireless voluntary work with the Salford Veterans Breakfast Club CIC, which he is now a Director; but also the Outstanding voluntary contributions he offers to the Veterans of Broughton House in Salford. Owen regularly arranges for the Armed Forces veterans and their carers to meet with friends and colleagues in the Breakfast Club. It is a privilege to meet these amazing Gentlemen and their carers, share their personal experiences, and have the ‘banter’ with other Veterans and their families.

‘I have lived in Salford for 15 years and when I retired decided to help several veterans’ charities; and I have seen for myself the effect of war on some of my friends and acquaintances. I have also seen the actions taken by kind and caring individuals to help alleviate this suffering. We must remember this appalling sacrifice. We must understand why it happened and how to prevent it from happening again.

Owen Hammond
Retired Flight Lieutenant Owen Hammond

Come and join us; Veterans helping Veterans

Salford Veterans Breakfast Club have met every Saturday morning from 9-12 am since 3 January 2015 at Pendleton Church (St Thomas’). It is a place for ex-servicemen and women, their partners, carers and families, to get themselves on parade. They can have a cheap bite to eat and a brew, pull up a sandbag, and share some war stories!

‘We will always do what we can for fellow veterans who may require support or assistance.’

If you are an Armed Forces Veteran or a member of their family, please come and join us art the Breakfast Club. You will be made most welcome. If you would like to donate to the Club or could offer your time to help volunteer, please get in touch on the form below and we will come back to you. Stay safe.

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