Proms concert commemorating First World War centenary to be held during festival weekend

Warrington Guardian: The proms concert will be held at the festival big top in Bank Park The proms concert will be held at the festival big top in Bank Park

IF crashing drums and electric guitar is not your thing then fear not as a picnic concert is also taking place during the festival weekend.

Proms in the Park will commemorate the centenary of the First World War on Saturday, July 19 under a big top.

The performance in Bank Park will be a celebration of Warrington’s military heritage with live music from The Band and the Corps of Drums of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, The Warrington Pipe Band and mezzo soprano Danielle Louise Thomas.

It is being presented by the 75 Engineer Regiment and Warrington Borough Council as part of a four-year programme of events to mark the conflict and all the sacrifices made.

Cllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture, said: “Proms in the Park will be a spectacular summer evening of musical entertainment and will be for all to enjoy.

“This is a well-established annual concert but this year for the first time it will enjoy the beautiful backdrop of Bank Park following its £2.2million makeover.

“The event will be a fitting tribute to the deep and historic relationship between local regiments and the council so bring along a picnic, sit back, relax and enjoy the brilliant performances.”

All proceeds from the event will go ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Combat Stress and St Rocco’s Hospice.

Lieutenant Colonel Alan Mason, commanding officer of 75 Engineer Regiment, added: “As Warrington’s army regiment we are delighted to be working together with Warrington Borough Council to put on this spectacular evening of music that will be fun for all ages.

“Pack your picnic and a bottle and bring the family along for music from across the decades.

“What’s more, working together we will raise some money for local and military charities.”

Gates will open at 3pm and performances will be from 6pm to 9pm.

There will be a bar and meals available but attendees are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

Tickets are £7 for adults, £6 for concessions and children under 14 with an adult are free.

Visit pyramidparrhall.com or call St Rocco’s Hospice on 575780 or Peninsula Barracks on 642854.

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