Published: 28 June 2019
The War Memorial Village Derby is honoured and delighted that The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, has accepted our invitation to take part in the 70th Anniversary of the War Memorial Village Derby.
This is the second time that Princess Anne has visited the village having visited us before in 2002 and her mother The Queen laid the foundation stone at the inception of the village in 1949.
The Charity has aspirations to completely rejuvenate the properties over the next twenty years making the living conditions for our ex-forces disabled personnel and their families fit for purpose into the 21st Century.
As a start we have commissioned 9 new 1 bed bungalows using the latest construction technology available built by Derby Homes, supported by a Government awarded and administered by Derby City Council.
After many months of discussions and negotiations the City Council granted the Charity a special licence to become responsible for maintaining the WW1 Memorial and square surrounding it.
Within days, the Charity, along with Derby City Council and Derby Homes support, started the refurbishment and completed it within 4 weeks with a lot of help from our friends and supporters.
As part of our 70th Anniversary celebrations the Charity has dedicated the 24th August 2019 as an "open day" where the whole day will provide entertainment for the public with military displays, bands, live entertainment, children's entertainment and "for first time" confirmation that subject to weather and technical conditions there will be a Commemorative Battle of Britain flyover.
So welcome to the HRH Princess Royal. Thank you for celebrating with us and we will always cherish these memories.