Many years ago I once had the pleasure of attempting to drink with them in their bar! I brought the round to the table, turned round to put the tray back on the bar. As i turned back around one of the old boys said " Don't bother sitting down youth" As in "get back to the bar"!
To this day I can only remember the early part of the evening as the rest has been permanantly erased from memory.
God bless em.
Although I am not proud of our politicians, most of our people, or even the way our society is going, I am intensely proud, and grateful to these men. And, if bovvy is right, and some of you fellers do browse these hallowed pages - thank you for all you did.
A few years back, while on my crew commanders course the DS arranged a visit to Chelsea. Excellent tour with one of old boys as guide. Very interesting and of course the last stop was in the bar. We were supposed to be doing Woolwich assault course in the PM. Shame that the old boys would'nt let us leave the bar for hours.
I'm dead thick on this sort of thing, but I always thought that there were a few guys, who, on retiring from service, became Chelsea Pensioners. But I was surprised to learn that they went through a "normal" "civvy" retirement ....... and then applied ...... at 90!!!! (in some cases)
I really like these institutions. (I became a psyche nurse in 1980, when institutionalisation was a dirty word.) But there is something about living in something of an institution, an army camp, in beautiful parkland, surrounded by heathland that I, certainly, adore. And I have a mate, who is much older than me, who lives in a delightful scheme for ladies over 50.