Concert fanfare for sake of our soldiers
ORGANISERS are hoping a charity concert taking place in Sherborne this month will raise the profile of a fund for Dorset soldiers.
Tickets are now on sale for the evening of music and readings at Sherborne Abbey with the theme of commemoration in aid of the Dorset branch of The Soldiers' Charity, formerly known as the Army Benevolent Fund.
One of the organisers, vice president of the charity's Dorset committee and retired Major General Jonathan Hall, hopes the event will prove popular. He said: "We held a similar event four years ago which was a huge success.
"I felt we needed to raise the profile of the charity and we've now got a suitable venue.
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"There will be lots of poems and we have celebrity guests coming.
"It will be an evening of celebration and commemoration."
Award-winning journalists and broadcasters Kate Adie, Clive Aslet and Trevor Peacock are among high-profile guests and contributors attending the concert on Monday, September 30, from 7pm. Captain Nick Beighton will also offer reflections of his service in Afghanistan during the evening.
Organisers say the programme will appeal to all ages, beginning with an opening fanfare by the HMS Heron Volunteer Band for the entrance of Chelsea Pensioners.
Tickets are available at Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Dorchester and Blandford Tourist Information Centres, by calling 01832 492650 or online at www.soldierscharity.org.
The Army Benevolent Fund was set up in 1944.