SALLY O’Connor, proprietor of the Spitfire Cafe in Main Road, Biggin Hill, hosted a delegation of veterans and Chelsea pensioners in a VIP marquee at Saturday’s Festival of Flight event.
“They started coming at 9.30am so it was all go to get the tea urns running,” said Sally, who celebrated her birthday on the day.
“I didn’t really get to see any of the show - I just watched the veterans having a good time. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my friend Jo Parker.”
Sally’s guests - including Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader - were entertained with a singer and given packed lunches of filled rolls, pork pies and cheese and biscuits.
They were transported to the event by London cabbies who gave up their time to support the Taxi Charity For Military Veterans.
By Luck King
From BIGGIN HILL NEWS

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    NIGEL Farage landed at Heathrow airport on Sunday morning and drove straight to Biggin Hill to take part in a celebration event for war veterans.
    The former UKIP leader raised a pint at the Back to the Beaches lunch at the Kings Arms public house in Leaves Green, organised by Sally O’Connor of the Spitfire Cafe in Main Road, Biggin Hill and Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.
    The lunch was held to raise awareness of the charity’s June trip to Normandy, which will involve at least 120 veterans, including some from Bromley borough, plus carers. Up to 90 London black cab drivers will give up their time in June to provide transport services for the veterans who take part in the trip.
    Dick Goodwin, events officer for Taxi Charity, said it will likely be the last major organised visit the group puts on.
    On Sunday, more than 60 war veterans gathered at the Kings Arms to enjoy a lunch of beef stew and dumplings, as well as singing and “a bit of a knees up”.
    “What an fantastic day,” said Sally. “In spite of the very cold weather the sun shone on our veterans. This is a fantastic charity in what they do for them by taking them out. I would also like to thank our customers who could not make it on Sunday but who donated £60.”

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    World War Two veterans at a special fundraising event in Keston got a surprise visit from a famous face - Bromley’s very own Nigel Farage.

    The former Ukip leader, who was born in Downe, stopped off at the Kings Arms in Leaves Green on Sunday to support efforts to send the war heroes back to the site of the D-Day landings one last time.

    Never one to miss out on a pint, Mr Farage - who had just arrived at Heathrow Airport - popped by and chatted to the Chelsea Pensioners gathered at the pub.

    The event had been organised by Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, which aims to raise enough money to take 250 veterans back to the Normandy beaches in 90 taxis in June this year.

    The veterans who attended were served a lunch of beef stew and apple pie, with music from the 1940s providing the atmosphere.

    Mr Farage, who is member of the European Parliament for south-east England, later tweeted: “Bumped into the The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans yesterday. Genuinely moved by the London taxi drivers helping veterans get back to the beaches.”

    Taxi Charity’s Dick Goodwin said. “It was nice to see him. He is popular among the veterans. We had no idea he was coming - he came straight from Heathrow.

    “The event was well attended. You just could not move in there.”

    Sally O’Connor, who runs the Spitfire Cafe in Biggin Hill and helped to organise the event, said: “It was an amazing day. There were over 60 veterans from all over London, Kent and West Sussex.

    “I just would like to say this is a fantastic charity in what they do for the veterans.”

  • Taxi Charity For Military Veterans

    Do you know a veteran who would love to join us on our trip to Normandy in June 2017?

    Our volunteer drivers will be escorting the veterans to France for a remembrance service at the Pegasus Bridge Museum, an opportunity to lay wreaths at the Ranville war cemetery and trips to Bayeux and the beach at Arromanches.

    //www.taxicharity.org/…/WWII-veterans-invited-on-final…

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    V.E day celebration in Spitfire
    cafe.
    Roger Pierce was presented with lost service medals.

  • The One Show

    Spitfire cafe appeared on a special V.E day celebration edition.

  • Cafe raises hundreds with V.E Day event

    Fundraising event to commemorate 70th anniversary of V.E Day
    With RAF Benevolent Fund
    and the Armed Forces Bikers.

  • Victory in Europe Day

    come and join us at the
    spitfire cafe on the
    2nd may 2015.
    10;30 am 14;30 pm

  • Sir Winston Churchill

    Children are welcome to come
    along in fancy dress WW2,
    prizes to be won!

  • Armed forces bikers

  • Spitfire as arrived

  • IMPS Magazine 2015 military vehicles.

  • Former pow brings magic to the Spitfire Cafe.

    Second World War veteran and a former prisoner of war Fergus Anckorn delighted as
    all when he pop in for lunch on the 12th of August.
    Mr Anckorn was taken prisoner, by the Japanese and sent to work on the Burma Railroad ,knoen as the Death Railway.

  • POW calls in for tea

    Fergus delighted as all he is amazing at 96 years old ;He is charming funny .
    He was showing the kids magic tricks and sharing his amazing story of how he survived being a prisoner.
    Listening to his stories about his time as a prisoner was heart-breaking .
    His sense of humour and fortitude brought him through.