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Local performers take to the stage this Saturday at Anthems in the Park

Four up-and-coming local amateur performers have been selected to entertain the audience picnicking before RAF College Cranwell's Anthems in the Park concert this coming Saturday (27 July).

The winners of the local competition include Lauren West, Jake Sime, Jamie Chatterton and Sarah Birch.

Wartime tribute singer Sarah Birch (aka Sarah-JaneThe four singers will be joining acts including the Red Arrows, the Cranwell Military Wives Choir, a Hunter aircraft  and top London youth performers ‘West End Kids’ to entertain the crowds before the concert begins.

Lauren West (10), who attends Isaac Newton School in Grantham, will be performing 'Over the Rainbow' and 'Hushaby Mountain'. Jake Sime (19) who works part-time in the Sainsbury's Lincoln store, and is studying music and drama and Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln, will perform a number of songs including ‘I wont let you go' by James Morrison.

Jamie Chatterton (13), who attends Carre's Grammer School in Sleaford and was the Grand Finalist in this year's Open Mic UK National Singing Competition, will perform a selection of songs including 'Your Song' by Ellie Goulding.

Lastly, SAC Sarah Birch aka Sarah-Jane, who recently won Lincs' FM Lincolnshire's Got Talent and who serves with the Band of the RAF Regiment based at RAF College Cranwell, will perform a selection of wartime favourites including 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' and Glenn Miller's 'Chattanooga Choo Choo'.

Sarah-Jane said: "I feel very honoured to have been asked to perform on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund and am extremely proud to be doing this here at my home unit of RAF College Cranwell.  Performing at 'Anthems in The Park' will be a truly amazing experience and I couldn't have asked for a better backdrop than College Hall Officers Mess."

Jake Sime said: "I'm very excited to be performing at the Anthems in the Park Concert this Saturday. We've been selling the tickets at work, in the Sainsbury's Sleaford store, so I was delighted when I heard there might be a chance to be a part of it. I’m really looking forward to performing a selection of my favourite songs including 'When I was your Man' by Bruno Mars."

Rachel Huxford, Head of Regional Fundraising at the RAF Benevolent Fund said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have some local performers joining us on Saturday for what promises to be an amazing evening of music and entertainment. With weather like this, what better way to spend your evening than sitting in the atmospheric grounds of RAF College Cranwell, in the heart of Bomber County, with acts including Britain's Got Talent finalists Jonathan and Charlotte and the Band of the Royal Air Force College. Tickets are selling fast so we are advising everyone to get them quickly online or from your local Sainsbury's store."

The musical extravaganza will transport 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.  

As well as Jonathan and Charlotte and the Band of the Royal Air Force College, the concert will also feature vintage Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The concert will culminate in a spectacular Proms-style finale and fireworks display.

All proceeds from Anthems in the Park 2013 will go to the RAF Benevolent Fund’s work supporting serving RAF personnel, past and present and their families.

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