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Anthems in the Park 2013

Britain's Got Talent stars Jonathan and Charlotte will top the bill in Lincolnshire on Saturday 27 July when, for one night only, Royal Air Force College Cranwell opens its doors to the public and becomes the spectacular setting for Anthems in the Park 2013.

The classical singers will take to the stage at the world's oldest military aviation college with the Band of the Royal Air Force College, the Red Arrow's own mezzo soprano Squadron Leader Ruth Shackleton and Cranwell Military Wives Choir.

They will be joined by vintage Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, rare archive film footage and Bomber Command veterans themselves to recreate the sights and sounds of Bomber County 70 years ago.

The audience will then be taken forward in time to the present day, as modern RAF aircraft create a dramatic reconstruction of the RAF’s current military operations, honouring the sacrifice of Midlands-based RAF personnel.

The unique event will start at 3pm, when the public is invited to picnic in the atmospheric grounds whilst enjoying pre-concert entertainment, including a display by the Red Arrows and music and dance performances. The concert itself starts at 7pm and will climax with a spectacular Proms-style finale and fireworks display.

Anthems in the Park fireworks

All proceeds from the event will go to the RAF Benevolent Fund's charitable work, supporting RAF personnel and their families in times of need. The RAF Benevolent Fund has also recently become guardian of the new Bomber Command Memorial in London’s Green Park, pledging to preserve the memorial for future generations.

RAF Benevolent Fund Controller, Air Marshal Christopher Nickols, says: "As the RAF's leading welfare charity and the guardians of the Bomber Command Memorial, we are ever-mindful of the enormous debt we owe to the 55,573 brave young men of Bomber Command who gave their lives defending our freedom during WWII. Join us for a unique chance to remember their bravery and sacrifice in the spectacular setting of RAF College Cranwell right in the heart of 'Bomber County', while supporting those men and women of the RAF family who still need our help today."

Commandant of RAF College Cranwell, Air Commodore David Stubbs, says: "We are looking forward to opening the gates of RAF College Cranwell again, following such a successful event in 2011. I am extremely grateful to Jonathan and Charlotte for taking time out from their very busy tour to appear in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. This is a great opportunity to invite family and friends to what will be a spectacular event at a unique venue."


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