Remembrance special circular 2018

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    Membership Ticketing

The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance will be held in the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday 10 November 2018 with performances at 2.00pm and 7.00pm.

Recent changes in Data Protection laws and increased security measures have meant a review of the process for obtaining tickets to attend the Festival of Remembrance was necessary. This is timely, because it has given us an opportunity to act on feedback from the Membership by changing to a fairer and more straightforward system of obtaining tickets. Under the new system, Members will be able to buy tickets on a first-come-first served basis, in an exclusive Member sale, buying tickets directly from the ticket agent.

There is also a new pricing structure for the purchase of tickets, which now allows members to select their own seating and pay accordingly, meaning a fairer allocation of seating within the Royal Albert Hall. There will be no additional booking fees for Members and administrative costs for the process will be covered by the Legion.

We believe that this new system means fairer distribution and fairer pricing along with an equal opportunity for all Members to secure a ticket. It will also ensure that Members’ personal data is secure.

The ticketing information and application procedure is outlined in this document (.pdf):

The previous method of allocating FoR tickets was very complex and clouded to come extent in secrecy. I always got the distinct impression that for many branches the same people attended year after year - almost as a right. This new system certainly brings the process out into the open. Hopefully the first come first served approach will be suitably supported at the ticket office with enough staff/computer capability to deal with demand when tickets go on sale.

Having thought a lot about this change, on balance I think it is more fit for purpose than the previous allocation method.