FALKLANDS Veteran Simon Weston opened The Royal Star and Garter Charity’s Summer Fete, at its Solihull Home this week.
The Fete was the first event open to the general public to be held at the new home since the disabled ex-service residents began arriving exactly a year ago.
After thanking the local community for making the charity so welcome in Solihull, Mr Weston said how proud he was of the stunning building, which has already won a design award, and of the team of dedicated staff who work so hard to care for the residents.
After Simon cut the ribbon, and declared the Fete open, he toured the stalls, and had his photograph taken with numerous visitors, residents, and staff, while pianist Mike Sullivan provided background music.
Simon met with a particularly enthusiastic reception from the 4th Knowle Sea Scouts, and White Watch, from Solihull Fire Station, who had brought along their fire engine.
There was a face painter for the younger visitors while older ones could have their photograph taken with one of four birds of prey brought along by S and D Falconry.
The weather stayed fine, and the Solihull Home’s first Summer Fete was declared a resounding success.