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Private rock gig for war veterans
Chelsea Pensioners
A chairty gig will raise money for the Chelsea Pensioners' Appeal
Chelsea Pensioners have been treated to an exclusive performance by rock band The White Stripes.

The US award-winning duo performed an acoustic set to war veterans at the Royal Chelsea Hospital, west London, on Tuesday afternoon.

The unusual gig took place in the State Apartments where Mozart once performed.

Proceeds from a concert by the band in London on Tuesday night will go to the Chelsea Pensioners' Appeal and help build a new care home at the site.

Jack and Meg White opened their set with Apple Blossom and Hotel Yorba before playing You Belong To Me and St James Infirmary Blues.

'Not my scene'

Addressing the distinguished audience Jack said: "Thanks for letting us into your home, we really appreciate it."

He also thanked them for the contribution they had made during the wars.

One Chelsea pensioner said: "I thought it was excellent. It's not my scene really because it's a different type of music altogether but I thought they were very very good."

Another admitted: "It was nice but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to them."

A campaign was launched in 2005 to raise funds for a 35m revamp of the 313-year-old building which will allow women to be admitted.

There are currently no women Chelsea Pensioners, because the first women to serve as full-time Army regulars and therefore be eligible to join, have only recently begun reaching retirement age.

The old infirmary, a care home for the frailest residents, was a 1960s addition to the hospital which suffered leaks and "concrete cancer" and was demolished in 2005.




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