Lauren wins a date with high-flyers at Cranwell concert

Lauren West, auditioning to sing at RAF Cranwell. 363D
Lauren West, auditioning to sing at RAF Cranwell. 363D
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A Grantham schoolgirl has been chosen to perform at one of the most spectacular outdoor musical events of the summer.

Ten-year-old Lauren West, who goes to Isaac Newton School, will sing for an audience at RAF College, Cranwell, on Saturday.

The youngester is one of four talented amateur performers who will entertain in the afternoon as crowds gather for the Anthems In The Park event.

Lauren, who won her place on the bill in a county-wide competition, will sing Over the Rainbow, and Hushaby Mountain.

She will be cheered on at Cranwell by friends and family including proud mum Lisa, sister Kaitlin, nine, brother Haydn, six, and nan Teresa.

Mum Lisa said Lauren was very excited about the chance to perform at such a big event, but her daughter would not be fazed by the crowd.

She said: “Lauren just loves to perform. She is happy-go-lucky, but can be quite quiet until she gets the chance to sing. Then she turns into a different person, full of confidence.”

Mrs West, of Ambergate, Grantham, said Lauren discovered her love of singing at her previous school, Barkston infants, where her music teacher encouraged her to pursue the raw natural talent in her strong voice.

This has continued at Isaac Newton School, and this week she performed for parents at an end of term concert.

Anthems In The Park 2013 will raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund and will feature flying displays and music in the atmospheric setting of the world’s oldest aviation college.

Topping the bill will be Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jonathan and Charlotte and the Band of the Royal Air Force College.

The concert will also feature vintage Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The concert will culminate in a spectacular Proms-style finale and fireworks display.

The conceert itself starts at 7pm but the unique event gets underway at 3pm, when the entertainment will also include a display by The Red Arrows, the Cranwell Military Wives Choir, a Hunter aircraft and top London youth performers West End Kids.

Tickets are still available and can be bought at Sainsbury’s in Grantham, Sleaford, Lincoln, and Newark or at www.rafbf.org/anthems or call 01689 30005. Adult tickets cost £25, tickets for children (aged 5-17) are £15 and under-fives go free. Family tickets (two adults two children) are £65.

visit: www.rafbf.org/anthems