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Royal Albert Hall Reunion Programme

Reunions have always been an important part of the support we offer to blind veterans

Reunions have always been an important part of the support we offer to blind veterans

Since our foundation in 1915, we have had a busy programme of reunion events for blind veterans. In this our centenary year we will be holding over 35 regional reunion lunches and of course our largest reunion of all, a garden party hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace. 

In our early days, reunions were very important in creating a community of veterans who were blinded in WWI. It's startling to see how well attended these events were. For instance, the Belfast reunion of 1935 saw every blind veteran of Northern Ireland in attendance. As well as regional gatherings, reunions according to occupation were also popular. The telephonists reunion was among the most sucessful, as this was a common career adopted by blind veterans after service. 

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  1935 Royal Albert Hall Reunion

The culmination of reunion activties in our early years was undoubtedly in 1935, with a reunion for blind veterans from the home counties at The Royal Albert Hall. As well as a reunion for over 500 ex-Service men and women and their escorts, it was also a celebration of the Silver Jubilee of King George V.