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The White Stripes play for Chelsea Pensioners

The White Stripes

Story by Jack Foley

THE White Stripes played an intimate, acoustic show at The Royal Hospital Chelsea on Tuesday, June 12, to support the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal.

The gig, which took place in the State Apartments, was enjoyed by 20 Chelsea Pensioners and invited supporters of the Appeal.

The band’s new album, Icky Thump, derived from the Yorkshire colloquialism “Ecky Thump”, was strongly influenced by all things British, so the band decided to play an afternoon show for the pensioners.

Following the gig at The Royal Hospital, the band performed on Tuesday evening at the Rivoli Ballroom in Crofton Park to a select audience, with profits donated to the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal along with charities supported by The London Pearly Kings and Queens Society.

Commenting on the surprise gesture, Roy Ratazzi, Appeal Director, told IndieLondon: “The Chelsea Pensioners represent a living memorial to those who have fought and died for our country. We appreciate that The White Stripes value the importance of the Chelsea Pensioners and hope that their support will encourage their fans to support our former soldiers.”

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was built to care for old and injured soldiers and today houses approximately 300 pensioners.

The appeal is tasked with raising the remaining £12.4 million of a total £35 million by mid 2008. The money will be used to build and equip a new Infirmary (care home) and to modernise and upgrade the Chelsea Pensioners’ sheltered living accommodation in the famous Sir Christopher Wren designed Long Wards.

More about the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal

Interested parties can give to the appeal in a number of ways – legacies, a gift in memory, share giving or by personal cheque. Donations should be made payable to: “The Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal” and sent to:

The Appeal Office
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road

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