Boston bistro offers free tea for the armed forces during remembrance week

Country Gourmet, Pen Street, Boston, offering free cup of tea for members of the armed forces.'Owner Sharon Wood.
Country Gourmet, Pen Street, Boston, offering free cup of tea for members of the armed forces.'Owner Sharon Wood.

A Boston bistro will be giving a special thank you to past and present members of the armed forces this week – with a free cup of tea.

Country Gourmet, in Pen Street, will offer a free brew this week as a gesture of support to all servicemen and women.

The idea came to Country Gourmet’s Mick Wood after watching a television programme about the role of tea in the Second World War.

He told The Standard: “It was about tea and went into the war years and how the armed forces made tea wagons and sent them out everywhere.

“It was to keep the troops going basically so we just thought this would be a nice thing to do.

“We’re just saying come in, bring a medal and get a cup of tea.”

His dad Billy was in the Royal Anglian regiment and served in Malaya while he also has cousins who have served in conflicts across the globe.

The bistro also regularly hold events for the Merchant Navy Association.

The offer will be valid from today (Wednesday) until Country Gourmet closes at 4pm next Tuesday.

The offer comes as the nation prepares to pause and remember and respect those members of the armed forces who gave their lives for their country.

Bostonians are being encouraged to head along to a special service on Remembrance Sunday at 11am.

Mayor Coun Paul Kenny says he wants people to buy a poppy and wear it with pride to the event.

He said: “Please come along on Sunday and show your respect for those who have served our country and given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives.

“It would be great to see the biggest crowd that we have ever seen attending this service in our town.”

In the run up to Remembrance Sunday, Pescod Hall has been donated by Oldrids as a base to boost the annual Poppy Appeal in the town – acting as a base for street collectors in the town.

l To volunteer call 01205 311373.

l For more information about Country Gourmet’s free tea offer call them on 01205 355900.