VETERANS in the Vale were given a thoughtful alternative way to spend their Bonfire Night this year.

Veterans and their families from Penarth and across the Vale were invited to attend a free cinema event as part of an initiative by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Veteran Advice Service (VAS).

The evening aimed to provide veterans with a distraction from the Bonfire Night fireworks, which can be stressful, especially for those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety disorders.

The VAS and Barry Memo co-hosted the event, a screening of Mel Brooks’ comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Free tea, coffee and snacks were provided.

Display tables from the RAF and British Royal Legion were also in place to provide additional information on the support available to veterans.

John, a veteran who attended the event with his family, praised the service’s good work.

He said: “A very good evening had by everyone, my grandson was also comfortable with the atmosphere and enjoyed a good chuckle at the film along with everyone. Well done to all involved.”

The VAS provides free, impartial and dedicated information, advice and support to members of the Armed Forces currently serving or who have served within the Vale of Glamorgan.

The event was the first of its kind, with the hope that more will follow.

It is estimated that up to 10 per cent of veterans suffer with a mental health condition like PTSD. PSTD.

Noises, flashes and even smells can trigger a startle response in those living with the condition, and symptoms brought on by the condition can include being constantly anxious, being unable to relax, vividly re-experiencing a traumatic event, avoiding anything that might trigger distressing memories or feelings and becoming socially isolated.

For more information on the services, support and events available through the veteran’s service, contact Abi Warburton on 07725704655, or