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Going the distance for our TommIEs this VE Day

On Thursday 29th April Team Tommy, comprised of 6 dedicated individuals led by RBLI’s own Chief Executive, Brigadier Steve Sherry CMG OBE, will take Tommy on an 800 mile journey across the length and breadth of the country. Starting at Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co. in Erskine, the team will cycle and run their way through some of the UK’s most iconic WW2 sites and military bases before finally reaching Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Co. in Aylesford on Saturday 8th May – just in time for RBLI’s VE Day celebrations.

The Route

START 29TH APRIL 2021
SBMC FACTORY – ERSKINE
BATTLE OF RIVER FORTH – ROSYTH
EDINBURGH CASTLE
30TH APRIL
KING’S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS – BERWICK-UPON-TWEED
HOME OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARD
RAF DEPOT – ALNWICK
1ST MAY
WARKWORTH CASTLE
KENTON BUNKER – KINGSTON PARK, NEWCASTLE
TOMMY MEMORIAL – SEAHAM
DON MEMORIAL BAR – THORNABY
2ND MAY
CATTERICK GARRISON
WW2 EXPERIENCE CENTRE – OTLEY
MORRISONS – BRADFORD
3RD MAY
DAMBUSTERS TRAINING – LADYBOWER
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM NORTH – MANCHESTER
4TH MAY
OLD MARTINS BANK – LIVERPOOL
CHURCH OF ST. LUKE – LIVERPOOL
U-534 WRECK – BIRKENHEAD
RA BARRACKS – OSWESTRY
5TH MAY
COVENTRY CATHEDRAL
MEMORIAL AVENUE – LEAMINGTON SPA
6TH MAY
BLENHEIM PALACE – WOODSTOCK
BATTLE OF BRITAIN BUNKER – UXBRIDGE
POLISH AIRFORCE MEMORIAL – RUISLIP
RAF NORTHOLT – LONDON
7TH MAY
WESTMINSTER
HMS BELFAST
TOWER OF LONDON
FINISH 8TH MAY 2021
PS MEDWAY QUEEN – GILLINGHAM
BROMPTON BARRACKS – GILLINGHAM
BBMC FACTORY – AYLESFORD

START 29TH APRIL 2021
SBMC FACTORY – ERSKINE
BATTLE OF RIVER FORTH – ROSYTH
EDINBURGH CASTLE
30TH APRIL
KING’S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS – BERWICK-UPON-TWEED
HOME OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARD
RAF DEPOT – ALNWICK
1ST MAY
WARKWORTH CASTLE
KENTON BUNKER – KINGSTON PARK, NEWCASTLE
TOMMY MEMORIAL – SEAHAM
DON MEMORIAL BAR – THORNABY
2ND MAY
CATTERICK GARRISON
WW2 EXPERIENCE CENTRE – OTLEY
MORRISONS – BRADFORD
3RD MAY
DAMBUSTERS TRAINING – LADYBOWER
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM NORTH – MANCHESTER
4TH MAY
OLD MARTINS BANK – LIVERPOOL
CHURCH OF ST. LUKE – LIVERPOOL
U-534 WRECK – BIRKENHEAD
RA BARRACKS – OSWESTRY
5TH MAY
COVENTRY CATHEDRAL
MEMORIAL AVENUE – LEAMINGTON SPA
6TH MAY
BLENHEIM PALACE – WOODSTOCK
BATTLE OF BRITAIN BUNKER – UXBRIDGE
POLISH AIRFORCE MEMORIAL – RUISLIP
RAF NORTHOLT – LONDON
7TH MAY
WESTMINSTER
HMS BELFAST
TOWER OF LONDON
FINISH 8TH MAY 2021
PS MEDWAY QUEEN – GILLINGHAM
BROMPTON BARRACKS – GILLINGHAM
BBMC FACTORY – AYLESFORD

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are many ways to get involved and help us bring the nation together to mark VE Day 2021;

  • Lend your support, whether an individual or business there are
    many ways to help
  • Donate to the cause
  • Visit rbli.shop and put your own Tommy in the Window
  • Cheer Tommy on as he travels; proudly display your Tommy
  • Host a Covid-safe Tommy Tea party
  • Take part in Tommy’s Race to Victory Virtual Challenge – a run, walk, cycle, and join the community
  • Become a member of the Tommy Club

WHY Now?

We are marking this year’s VE Day Anniversary with this exciting new national event and asking everyone to get involved. Tommy is an iconic figure of dignity, sacrifice and service, and by supporting the national relay everyone can show their pride in the remarkable generation who won victory in WW2 as well as solidarity with veterans of more recent conflicts. By supporting Tommy, who is made exclusively for RBLI by veterans in our social enterprise, we can ensure that all veterans, no matter their age, have access to the life changing support they deserve.

We are conscious that the challenges faced over the past year have increased levels of isolation and loneliness, not only among the veteran community but for us all; this is why we are encouraging everyone to help mark VE Day by spreading the symbol of hope, strength and community that is Tommy across the nation. Tommy’s Race to Victory is a challenge unlike any other – our relay participants are challenging themselves physically and mentally, and we are challenging the nation to stand together, show their support and help Tommy as he journeys from Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co. to Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Co.

BRITAIN’S BRAVEST MANUFACTURING COMPANY (BBMC)

Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is the nation’s leading Social Enterprise signage maker with a team of over 100 people; over 80% of which are veterans from the Armed Forces or civilians with a disability or health condition. Our skilled team are proud to deliver a range of high quality products including our exclusive range of Tommies. All sales of Tommy products help create secure jobs for our veterans, and provide access to a wide range of support programmes and accessible homes.

SCOTLANDS BRAVEST MANUFACTURING COMPANY (SBMC)

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co. is an exciting new social enterprise based on the successful model of Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Co. Our team, comprised of Armed Forces veterans, use state-of-the-art technology to produce a range of signage, panels and digital printing for the private and public sectors.

Is your town ready for Tommy?

Unknown Tommy Statue
Tommy Town Sign
Unknown Tommy for Lamp Posts

Sponsorship Partners & Press

For all press enquiries please contact press@rbli.co.uk

Show Your Support

Is Tommy coming through your town? Cheer them on by putting your Tommy in the Window!

VE Day 2021 Special Edition Tommy
VE Day 2021 Union Jack Tommy Bunting
VE Day 2021 Flag Large