On Saturday 17th September' the Band of the Royal Air Force College joined the Worcester Male Voice Choir and the Cathedral boy choristers in a concert to celebrate the 90th anniversary of The Royal British Legion.
The Concert, which had the theme "Peace and Reconciliation” was held in Coventry Cathedral and was supported by people of all ages including members of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps who were on hand to assist with the collection which helped to give an excellent start of £800 to this year's Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
During the concert the large and enthusiastic audience were treated to an exciting mix of voices, military spectacle and great music which included the Last Post and Sunset ceremony performed by the Band of the Royal Air Force College . The concert concluded when Flight Lieutenant Matthew Little, the Director of Music for the Band of the Royal Air Force College led the excited audience in a rousing rendition of the all time classics Pomp & Circumstances and Jerusalem .
Sebastian Hargreaves, The Legion's County Manager in Warwickshire said, ”Coventry Cathedral was an impressive back drop for this unique event and we are thrilled to have been able to bring together the music of the Royal Air Force College band and the voices of these two exceptional choirs on this special evening.
“Through money raised at the concert we are aiming to support The Royal British Legion's Battle Back Centre, a new initiative which will be located in the West Midlands . This will be a national centre of excellence which will be part of the facilities offered by the Personal Recovery Centres. The Battle Back Centre will offer activity based rehabilitation to help wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces personnel regain their fitness and return to duty, or reskill and make a successful transition to civilian life. It is anticipated that the Centre will be operational in 2012”.
Since 1921, The Royal British Legion has provided practical, emotional and financial support to the Armed Forces Community. With the Poppy Appeal generating only half of the money needed to help our beneficiary community and having made a £50 million funding commitment to pay for The Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre and the operating costs of a wider Personnel Recovery Capability for ten years, continuing public support for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal is vital.”
Philip Wilson, Warwickshire County Chairman said, “In this our 90th anniversary year, the Royal British Legion stands Shoulder to Shoulder with all who Serve, acknowledging that today's Afghan generation of our Armed Forces may well require the Legions welfare services for many years to come. Today the Legion is an integral part of our local communities, not only at Remembrance time but throughout the year. Tonight's concert has been an occasion to reflect on the contributions of those who have gone before and to celebrate 90 years of goodwill, comradeship and active Legion participation based on service not self.”
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