Rose & Crown Chop House St George’s Day lunch, Knutsford

Piper Alan Gagan leads the veterans into The Rose & Crown

Piper Alan Gagan leads the veterans into The Rose & Crown - Credit: Archant

Knutsford displayed some patriotic fervour on St George’s Day as the Rose & Crown Chop House welcomed local veterans to a special lunch.

Recognising the achievements of these remarkable individuals, as well as paying tribute to those who have passed away, the chop house made a donation to Help for Heroes, the military charity.

A piper led veterans on the short walk via the ‘Royal George’ alley (now known as Regent Street) to the front door of the Rose & Crown. Passers-by and traffic on King Street stopped to witness the parade, as veterans were welcomed by applause.

Once inside, the veterans enjoyed a traditional St George’s Day lunch, consisting of leek and potato soup, Cheshire or Shropshire farmed roast beef, Massey’s potatoes, apple pie and a local cheese selection.

The lunch was complimented by two speeches recognising the occasion, and an official donation handover to Help for Heroes, received by regular fundraiser Kane Gunter, who spent 12 years in the army as a member of the Royal Corps of Signals.

Matthew Mooney, owner of the Rose & Crown and neighbouring Belle Epoque, said: ‘I am delighted we have been able to recognise the bravery and huge achievements of each and every one of the veterans here. We have always supported charities such as the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes, as public awareness of the ‘aftermath of war’ can be limited, once they no longer occupy the front pages of newspapers. Quite frankly, it is an honour just to serve the veterans a lunch, after the sacrifice they and their families have made on our behalf.’

Photography by John Cocks