Drive-In Christmas Parties Put On For Veterans

Twelve events are taking place across the country, with 1,300 veterans invited in total.

A military charity is putting on a series of drive-in Christmas parties for veterans around the country.

The Not Forgotten Association is lifting spirits hit by lockdowns and tier restrictions with singalongs, dancing and competitions.

The festivities, known as the Jingle Bell Rock parties, aim to boost the morale of those who may have gone through months of loneliness and isolation because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the course of 12 days, the drive-in events will tour 12 different locations in the UK with 1,300 veterans invited in total.

Veterans, from the safety of their vehicles, are encouraged to join in with the celebrations using their lights and horns.

Seasonal food and drinks are also hand-delivered to them in their cars during the events. 

Speaking at one of the parties at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, veteran and volunteer at the Not Forgotten Association, Eric Muir, told Forces News "this year, in particular, has been very difficult for a lot of veterans".

Among the veterans in attendance was 90-year-old Kathleen Allan who dressed up as "Mother Christmas".