Young people from Merton’s virtual school for looked after children enjoyed a trip to see the armed forces’ fantastic military display at this year’s Royal Tournament.
Pupils, their carers and care leavers with their support workers, made their way by coach to Earls Court where they saw exhibitions of armoured personnel carriers, tanks, helicopters, boats, engine design, uniforms and camouflage. The tickets were given to the council following work by the borough’s armed forces champion, Councillor Maxi Martin, and partners in Merton on Armed Forces Day earlier this year.
The tournament was in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince William. The Royal Marines Band played and tanks, motorbikes and horses pulled gun carriages across the arena. Wellington College Cadets assembled gun carriages too. Members of the armed forces also enacted a hostage rescue.
The finale included injured serving and ex-service personnel who have overcome their injuries.
Merton Council cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Maxi Martin said: “It is wonderful that some of our more vulnerable children have got to see the Royal Tournament and find out about the work our armed forces do. It is always an exciting event and incredibly inspiring.”