Proms in the Park raises more than £1,000 for soldiers’ charity

Proms in the Park, a special concert to help celebrate Armed Forces Day, has raised more than £1,000 for a soldiers’ charity.

On Sunday, June 25th, 2017, around 2,000 people gathered in Darlington’s South Park to enjoy live music from The Royal Signals (Northern) Band, 102 Battalion Reme Pipes & Drums, Central & East Yorks Wing ATC Sector 1 Band with guest vocalist John Haigh.

The event, which was sponsored by The Northern Military Music Group, Modus Seabed Intervention and Darlington Borough Council, also included a flash mob dance from Stagecoach (Darlington) and a performance from the Darlington Eurovision Junior Schools Choir.

A collection held during the concert raised a total of £1,045.97 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which was presented to Lt Colonel Barney Barnbrook, Regional Director North East of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, by Modus Seabed Intervention’s Managing Director Jake Tompkins.

Lt Colonel Barnbrook (pictured, second from left) said that he was “proud to be involved with Proms in the Park once again”.

“It was a fantastic performance on all levels and we are truly grateful to Darlington Borough Council, Modus Seabed Intervention, Durham Army Cadet Force and all of the fabulously talented performers for making the event so enjoyable and successful.

“The event is certainly one of the highlights of our fundraising year.”

Jake Tompkins (centre) said: “We are delighted to have sponsored the Proms in the Park event again this year, for what was possibly the best yet.

“The brilliant performances ensured it was a great success and it is also superb news that over £1,000 was raised for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity on the day.”

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, added: “Proms in the Park has become an annual tradition and it’s great to see so many people coming together to enjoy themselves and help recognise the efforts of our servicemen and women, both past and present.

“Our thanks go to everyone who helped organise and support the event, and to all those who generously donated money to help raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.”

Source: Darlington Borough Council

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