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P&O FERRIES' APPRENTICES WELCOME ROYAL BRITISH LEGION VETERANS TO MARK 100 YEARS SINCE END OF WORLD WAR ONE

6th November 2018

P&O FERRIES' apprentices turned out in force last week (2nd November) to welcome 12 veterans from the British Legion to a lunch marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

P&O FERRIES' APPRENTICES WELCOME ROYAL BRITISH LEGION VETERANS TO MARK 100 YEARS SINCE END OF WORLD WAR ONEThe veterans, who had served in theatres including Northern Ireland during their years of military service, were marking the Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ campaign, which remembers some of the individuals who took part in the war a century after the event.

The ex-servicemen, some of whom had worked for P&O Ferries after leaving the forces, enjoyed a World War One-themed lunch in the ferry and logistics company's Kent HQ. On the menu was Maconochie stew, a beef dish which had been popular with soldiers serving in the trenches on the Western Front, and fish sausages, white fish and rice coated in breadcrumbs, which was first made in 1916.

For pudding, the men enjoyed trench cake - a fruit cake with no egg - which was often sent to soldiers in the trenches by their families at home.

Ted Smith, Vice Chairman of the Kent Royal British Legion, said: "P&O Ferries gave us an absolutely wonderful day, they looked after us really well and made us very welcome. On behalf of all the veterans I would like to say a big thank you."

In the final Centenary year, P&O Ferries has partnered with The Royal British Legion to say 'Thank You' to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. The 181-year-old company has a long association with the Armed Forces, losing 80 of its ships during World War One, 182 in World War Two and sending another five to serve with the Task Force in the 1982 Falklands Conflict.

Jacqueline Burns, Corporate Communications Officer at P&O Ferries, added: “We are proud to be a longstanding supporter both of the Royal British Legion and also the veterans they support. It was a privilege for our apprentices to be able to meet these men who had made such sacrifices for their country.”
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Contacts:
P&O Ferries - Dan Bridgett - +44(0)1304 863308
New Century Media - Tony Lodge & Alexander Walker +44(0) 207 930 8033

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