Armed Forces Day ‘It’s a Knockout’, Air Display and Charity Ball to be held at Thorpeness Country Club

General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC D

General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC D

Thorpeness Country Club, which overlooks the coast near Aldeburgh, is marking Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 25th June with three special charity events. A fun ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition during the day with 35 teams taking part and a Mk9 Spitfire air display followed by an evening black tie ball with guest speaker General the Lord Dannatt. 

Everyone is invited to make up teams with family, friends and work colleagues to compete in the ‘It’s a Knockout’ event. All that’s needed is a ‘let’s go for it’ attitude and great sense of humour to compete in the wacky and wonderful challenges. Taking place on the lawns to the front and back of the Country Club between 11am and 4pm, the fun event will help raise funds for two Armed Forces charities, namely Help for Heroes and the Household Cavalry Foundation. Entry into the ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition is £150 for teams of six.

Spectator tickets are available to come and watch the fun event at £10 per person, while a highlight of the day will be the air display by a Mk9 Spitfire. For an extra £10 you can also have a photograph of the Spitfire signed by the pilot. Entertainment, refreshments and food will be provided by the Thorpeness Country Club and The Dolphin Inn. 

In the evening it’s time to dress up in your finest black tie outfit and go along to the ball in the Country Club’s beautiful vaulted function room. Be greeted by members of the Household Cavalry Regiment in their full state dress at the drinks reception; enjoy some fabulous food; take part in an auction for money can’t buy prizes and be entertained with some fantastic music by the Austin Beats, one of East Anglia’s greatest live bands.  The ball begins at 6.30pm with carriages at midnight; tickets are £50 per person or £450 for a table of 10.

Guest speaker, General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, was a soldier for 40 years concluding his military career as Chief of the General Staff – the professional head of the British Army. Since retiring from active duty in 2009, he has been Constable of the Tower of London and in 2011 became an independent member of the House of Lords. He is a frequent commentator on defence and security issues in the media.  He also holds several other appointments including President of Help for Heroes. *(For a full biography see notes to editors) 

Looking forward to welcoming Lord Dannatt, organiser Peter Osborne from the TA Hotel Collection, a former lieutenant with the Blues and Royals Regiment, said; “We are honoured to have such a distinguished guest as Lord Dannatt joining us for this very special event. I would like to thank all those involved in putting this fantastic day together and hope everyone will have a thoroughly enjoyable evening, while helping to raise funds for our chosen charities.” 

For more details and to book call 01728 451021 or email; information can also be found on 


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