TOP MUSICIANS from the Bands of the RAF are coming to Ipswich – and Cadets from 188 (Ispwich) Sqn will be playing a vital role as they represent the Air Cadet Organisation at Wednesday’s (Nov 20) concert at the Ipswich Regent.
Every year Air Cadets from a local squadron are asked to volunteer to help at each concert on the 14-venue tour, being staged by top RAF musicians all around the country. The concerts raise money for the RAF Charitable Trust, which in turn supports the RAF family, with the Air Cadet Organisation being the main beneficiary. Now 12 young volunteers from the Squadron are poised to sell programmes and flags, and to meet and greet the audience, at the big event.
This autumn’s series of concerts, entitled A Salute to the Dambusters Generation, features a stirring programme reflecting the indomitable spirit of those who planned and participated in the Dambusters raid back in 1943, when a force of Lancaster bombers from 617 Sqn attacked the Ruhr dams in Germany’s industrial heartland.
BBC broadcaster Alan Dedicoat, who will be the compere at Ipswich, says: “It’s fitting that the next generation, exemplified by these smart young Air Cadets, are paying their own tribute to the legendary Dambusters by giving up their time to help make the RAF in Concert show such a success. I have no doubt that they will carry out their roles with aplomb, and serve as a great advertisement for the Air Cadet Organisation.”
The concert features the Central Band of the RAF, plus the Squadronaires and soloist Cpl Matthew Walker.
The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available at £16.50, £19.50 and £22.50 by calling 01473 433 100 or at www.trch.co.uk