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Crowds descend on RAF College Cranwell

Despite the downpours, over four and half thousand people descended on RAF College Cranwell on Saturday for an unforgettable night of music and entertainment.

The RAF Benevolent Fund's Anthems in the Park Concert transported audiences back in time, telling the dramatic story of an RAF Bomber Command crew based in Lincolnshire in 1943, before returning to the present day and current RAF operations around the world.

Anthems in the Park at RAF College CranwellHeadlining the event was ITV's Britain's Got Talent finalists Jonathan and Charlotte, who performed a number of songs including 'Caruso' and 'Everybody hurts'.

Accompanying the classical duo was the Band of the Royal Air Force College, the Red Arrow's own mezzo soprano Squadron Leader, Ruth Shackleton, and a special appearance from seven Bomber Command veterans.

Entertaining the crowds picnicking before the main event were the Red Arrows, the Cranwell Military Wives Choir, a Hunter aircraft, top London youth performers 'West End Kids' and four local singers who were selected through a local Sainsbury's competition.

The concert culminated in a spectacular Proms-style finale and a fireworks display.

Rachel Huxford, Head of Regional Fundraising at the RAF Benevolent Fund said: "This was such a special evening as RAF College Cranwell is not normally open to the public. A huge thank you to everyone that came, it was such a fantastic night and a real celebration of Lincolnshire’s link with the RAF.

"Even the downpour in the second half didn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm; we sold out of flags in the first two hours. A special thank you to the seven Bomber Command veterans, who took to the stage and told their individual stories, I think they got the loudest cheer of the evening."

All proceeds from the concert will go to the RAF Benevolent Fund's work supporting serving RAF personnel, past and present and their families.  

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