We are delighted to have received an original Fanfare by the British Army to commemorate the hotel’s efforts with the military throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Composed by Sergeant Robert Mee of the Corp of Army Music, British Army Band, Colchester whilst stationed with colleagues at Stand Palace in London, this wonderful original score pays homage to the hotel, the staff and their experience during their five months stay.
Matthew Beard, Managing Director of Strand Palace said:
“We have been honoured to host The British Army at Strand Palace and are simply blown away by the Fanfare that Sergeant Robert Mee has composed – it is a testament to our hardworking team and will play throughout the hotel!
“Although we sadly had to close our doors to the general public, it has been incredible to provide accommodation for the military as they carry out vital duties.”
Strand Palace has a long history with the armed forces. During the Second World War, the hotel was commissioned as a US rest and recuperation residence. The hotel became popular with American soldiers due to the hundreds of rooms and lively bars. Like a home away from home, many spent their last night at the hotel before heading off to fight the enemy.
The hotel also allowed guests to exchange food ration vouchers for meals and gave them permission to use the air-raid shelters, many of which still exist today.