The Chelsea Pensioners have their signature scarlet coats and now veterans living at Broughton House, the Salford home for ex-servicemen and women, have their own unique regalia which was launched with the help of cricketing legend Freddie Flintoff…
Designers at Manchester-based N Brown Group have produced 200 blazers, along with trousers, shirts and ties, for the veterans to wear when they are on parade or attending events. The initiative is part of the company’s Make a Difference charity drive to support good causes.
The blazers are made from a dark navy wool fabric in a classic design with a peak lapel style to give them a formal dress appearance. The brass buttons reflect the veterans’ military background, and gold embroidery on the sleeve is inspired by the Broughton House crest.
Freddie was joined by members of the N Brown team for a tour of the home, during which he chatted to several veterans, including George Simms. George, 94, volunteered at the age of 18 to serve in the Royal Marines and was selected for service in the elite Royal Marine Commandos.
He saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Second World War during the Allied invasions of Sicily and Normandy. George was injured twice, in Sicily in 1943 and then on D-Day at Sword Beach during the Normandy Landings. He still has shrapnel lodged in his body. In 2016, George was awarded the Legion D’Honneur by the French government.